|Written by Bill Hanks|
Driving in the summer presents a different set of challenges from that of the winter. This article will take a look at how to ready yourself for the summer driving season.
There will be more driving this year than last. Gasoline is less expensive. That means more vacations, trips, and construction. A lot of construction last year was slowed by the economy. That will change this year with the Obama Stimulus Package. Billions of dollars are geared towards highways, bridges, and road construction.
Construction; Be aware of workers and construction along roads. Always be prepared to stop and wait. Always keep an eye out for the individual worker that is away from the main construction group. With construction, comes law enforcement officials. They are there to protect the workers in heavy work areas. Drive with caution and obey the speed limit in these areas. Fines can be devastating to anyone breaking the law. Consider an alternate route if possible.
Ground Fog; Fog will usually be in low areas like along rivers and creeks. Use your low beams. High beams only brighten the fog. Be prepared to reduce speed in these areas.
Traffic Stops; Warm weather means more traffic stops by law officers. All are for your protection. You can expect to see Seat Belt, DUI, and Speeding stops set up at various times. If you get pulled over, do so immediately. Always pull far enough off the road to protect the officer. Do not do any unsuspecting movement in the car. the officer will appreciate this.
Animals; With warmer weather, comes more animal movement. Be prepared to stop for these critters.
Hail and Rain Storms; These can pop up quickly. Seek shelter under a bypass or pull off to the side of the road. Do not try to follow the taillights in front of you on the other car. Simply pull off the road until it is safe again.
Congestion; Driving in the summer presents a new set of challenges. There will be more construction, fairs, carnivals, and vacationers than last year. Drive according to the congestion and stay safe. Prepare for heavy traffic by leaving earlier and driving slower.
Be safe and always watch out for the other guy.