Summer driving hazards
xBy Dale H Mader
According to the Canada Safety Council, more Canadians die on the road during the summer months than at any other time of the year. Perhaps we are more careful during the winter season because of icy conditions and visibility issues, and when the warm weather arrives we are less cautious.
Spring and summer present a whole new set of challenges. In spring, the roads of Atlantic Canada always seem to have more than their share of potholes. The heavy rains of spring and summer can also result in water accumulation causing hydroplaning. Properly inflated tires of good condition are crucial for safe driving under these circumstances.
The warm summer months bring an increased number of tourists and vacationers adding significantly to the normal traffic generally using the roads. More summer traffic can lead to more speeding, more tailgating, more slow moving farm vehicles, more weaving in and out of traffic, more driver fatigue and more aggressive driving, all adding up to the potential of more accidents and tragedies.
In addition to the increased number of cars and trucks on the road, cyclists and motorcyclists also hit the roads to enjoy the season, as do rollerbladers, skateboarders and pedestrians out for a jog or walk. And let’s not forget the fact that summer also brings increased construction on our roads and highways. Always be prepared to stop in construction zones.
Taking to the road during our great summer weather in Atlantic Canada can and should be, an enjoyable break away from our normal work routine. Chances are there will be many other drivers trying to do the same thing. If you’re tired and they’re tired, temper fuses could be shortened and road rage could be the result. Don’t let it happen. Be courteous. Use your turn signals. Let the fast drivers pass. Don’t tailgate. Be patient. Everybody has the right to use the road.
And if you do encounter discourtesy or rage from another driver, remember “FIDO”, . . . Forget It, and Drive On.
Dale H Mader
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