Five Important Chicago Summer Driving Safety Tips

Five Important Chicago Summer Driving Safety Tips

Chicago summer driving is a fantastic way to get out of the house to relax and enjoy a change of scenery. However, many people feel the same way, which can lead to heavy traffic and higher chances of a Chicago car accident. To help you and the drivers in your household stay safe on the road during the summertime, the Chicago injury lawyers at Lerner and Rowe over the five safety tips below.

1) Watch out For Summer Construction

Construction is abundant during the summer months, thanks to a combination of warm temperatures and extended daylight. As such, you need to watch out for construction workers, cones, equipment, and mind your speed when moving through these zones. Additionally, reduce your speed to comply with the lower speed limit and avoid contact that could lead you to lose control of your vehicle.

Further, be on the lookout for closed traffic lanes in or near construction zones and follow all signs for detours. Ultimately, there is much more to pay attention to when driving in or near construction zones. So, keep your focus on the road instead of the many distractions in the vehicle. You can always change the radio station or adjust the air conditioner once you exit the construction zone and put the cruise control back on.

2) Give Teen Drivers Extra Space

The roads are loaded with inexperienced teen drivers during the summer months. These youngsters are away from school and have plenty of free time. Much of that free time may be used for Chicago summer driving. Beware of these teen drivers and give them extra space. 

Turn on your blinker well before turning, and proceed with caution as soon as you know a teen driver is in your vicinity.

3) Reduce Distractions: Out of Sight Means out of Mind

Part of the problem with sharing the road with inexperienced teen drivers is their tendency to fall prey to distracted driving. Cell phones, GPS systems, music, hands-free calling, social media apps, and other electronic distractions can pull a driver’s attention when the focus should be squarely on the road. 

Put your phone, portable gaming device, and other distractions away in glove compartments or other spaces to avoid the temptation to use them at red lights, traffic jams, etc.

4) Summer Heat Heightens the Chances of Equipment Failure

Just about every part of the country has experienced near-record highs in recent summers. Automotive equipment has the potential to fail when temperatures reach 90 degrees Fahrenheit and rise toward triple digits. Tires are especially vulnerable to high temperatures, since air pressure rises with temperature. Overinflated tires can lead to blowouts and accidents.

5) Avoid Chicago Summer Driving Complacency

The sun is out, the cool breeze glides through your hair, and you do not have a worry in the world. This is the type of complacency you must avoid when driving. Though Chicago summer driving carries fewer challenges in the way of mother nature, these busy roads can prove difficult to navigate. 

Add in the fact that summer drivers are much more likely to be inebriated and it is easy to see why there are about two times as many traffic fatalities in the summer than the remainder of the year’s month’s combined.

Contact a Chicago Summer Driving Accident Attorney

If you’ve been in an accident caused by the negligence or recklessness of other parties then contact Lerner and Rowe for immediate assistance. Our Chicago car accident lawyer team is here to help you. Not only is our team dedicated to winning you maximum compensation for your injuries, they’re also committed to helping you carry the emotional burden of your injuries so that you can focus on recovery and rest.

Reach out to us by dialing 708-222-2222 or connecting with one of our LiveChat agents. Our staff is available to assist you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Furthermore, we do not charge any fees unless money has been recovered on your behalf. To get the settlement and treatment that you deserve, call Lerner and Rowe today.

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