You may be wondering why we’d be writing about winter driving in August based on our title for this post. We have a habit of thinking that wintertime provides the most dangerous driving conditions and we’re not wrong to think that—snow and ice are (as we well know in Indiana) awful to drive on and can easily be the catalyst for a nasty accident. However, an average day in January isn’t statistically the most dangerous time to be out on the road.
As it turns out, August is the most dangerous month out of the year to drive. The dangers that come with driving in the month of August can most definitely be attributed to more young drivers on the road. With summer coming to an end, school buses will be back on the road along with an influx of teen drivers hitting the pavement on their way to school. And while it's not fair to limit distracted driving to teenagers, it is fair to acknowledge that their limited driving experience can sometimes be a hindrance on the road—especially when sharing your morning commute with them.
Automobile accidents kill upwards of 40,000 people in the United States per year and are the leading cause of death for people between the ages of 1 and 34. There’s only so much you can do out on the road to keep yourself safe. Your safety is in your hands for the most part, but unfortunately it’s partially in the hands of the other drivers on the road as well. The best we can do most of the time is be mindful of our own driving and aware of our fellow drivers along with the environment around us. Here are a few reminders of how to keep your common sense at the forefront when you’re behind the wheel this month:
- Eyes on the road, not on your phone.
- Wear a seatbelt.
- Slow down if it’s raining.
- Watch for school-aged pedestrians in the early morning and after school hours.
- Be more careful on weekends or in the early evening.
- Get your car checked before large trips.
Most crashes aren’t the fault of the vehicle—the vast majority of car accidents occur due to human error. By keeping safe on the road year-round, but especially during particularly dangerous months, you keep yourself safer and improve the chances of others’ safety. If you’ve been in a car accident, contact our Indiana car accident attorneys today for a free evaluation.