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5 Ways to Avoid Collisions This Summer

5 Ways to Avoid Collisions This Summer

Summer is by far the busiest period of the year on the roads and more accidents occur during the summer than in any other time of year. Let’s all try to be safer this season and follow this guideline of five ways to avoid collisions this summer.

This time of year is when students are out of school, families leave on vacation and young people go on road trips; there are holidays, parties, weddings and weekend getaways. Almost 30% more car accidents happen in June, July and August and, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, there is a spike in fatal car collisions involving teenagers. In Pennsylvania, June is often the month with the highest number of deadly collisions.

Summer heat means cars are more likely to have mechanical problems, overheated engines and tire blowouts. You are also more likely to encounter road construction and maintenance work during this season.


During the summer cars are subjected to additional stress because of the heat. You can decrease the risk of a breakdown or a collision by getting your vehicle tuned up now.
Summer sun ruins the rubber on windshield wipers; if they’re already in bad condition, have them replaced. Dusty road conditions can choke up engines and decrease engine efficiency and cause damage so we also recommend getting the filters checked. You should also get the oil changed and fluids refilled.

Because high temperatures increase the occurrence of tire blow outs, this is a good time to have your tires rotated and check the tire pressure and treads. Try the penny test to see if your treads are worn down or unsafe. If your tires are bald, don’t wait until the winter to change them as hydroplaning in a summer storm is just as dangerous as driving on snow and ice.

Brakes and brake pads are imperative; they should be inspected regularly, not just in the summer. You’ll also want to generally look over the car and make sure headlights, turn signals, brake lights and any trailer equipment for towing a camper or boat are all working properly.

If your vehicle hasn’t been serviced recently, or you don’t know its service history, schedule a maintenance check with your mechanic as soon as possible.


With more drivers on the road, summertime can be more dangerous than it seems. Limiting distractions becomes even more important in order to prevent accidents. By focusing on the road, you can predict hazardous situations and give yourself time to safely avoid them.

Make any phone calls, send texts and program your navigation app before starting the car. Be aware that eating, adjusting the air conditioning and arguing with passengers can all be sources of distraction. It’s always better to pull over rather than trying to do other things while driving.

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