With the sunshine out and the weather getting better and better, it looks like we can finally leave winter driving behind us. While many drivers believe they are more likely to be involved in a driving collision during the winter, the reality is that summer driving also brings a unique set of dangers and distractions.
In fact, a research study conducted by Sunny brook Hospital physician and epidemiologist Dr. Donald Redelmeier between January 1, 1995 and December 31, 2014, found very interesting results on driving collisions that occurred during the daytime on nice, sunny days. More specifically, the study found that of the 6,962 patients studied, the majority of life-threatening traffic collisions happened in the daytime, and the risk increased with bright sunlight.
The findings werenâ€™t all that surprising to fellow Sunny brook colleague and manager of trauma services Sharon Ramagnano. She told Huffington Post in 2017 that people driving on a sunny, summer day, often assume the road conditions are good and they can drive faster. Add in the fact that there are typically more people out on a summer day – pedestrians, motorists and cyclists, and it can be a combination for disaster, especially if distracted driving is involved.
With this in mind, while the summer driving season quickly approaches here in South western Ontario, weâ€™ve put together a helpful list of tips for safe summer driving. Check out the tips below to learn how you can stay aware, be prepared and stay safe this summer.
Be Aware of Motorcyclists
If youâ€™re out on a warm, summer day, you can almost guarantee motorcyclists will be out on the road as well. Itâ€™s important to be aware that you are sharing the roadways with both four and two-wheeled vehicles in the summer time, and that means using extra caution.
When driving near motorcyclists, remember to give them extra space, always look and signal before making any turns or switching lanes and check your blind spots often.
If you are a motorcyclist enjoying a nice summer ride, remember to always wear a helmet and the appropriate clothing and gear, always use signals when turning or switching lanes and always be alert to other drivers and potential hazards on the road.
Be Aware of Cyclists
As with motorcyclists out on the roads this summer, you can also guarantee youâ€™ll see cyclists out enjoying the warm weather too.
When you do encounter a cyclist out on the road this summer, remember to give them the space that they need. Providing space to cyclists is not only safe for both motorists and cyclists alike, but itâ€™s also a law in Ontario. Always provide at least one metre of separation when passing a cyclist and look both ways when exiting your vehicle to ensure you donâ€™t create an opportunity for collision.
Distracted driving has become one of the leading causes of collisions today, so itâ€™s incredibly important for all drivers on the road to stay distraction-free, not just in the summer, but all year round. The most common distraction is the use of a mobile device – taking calls, sending text messages, Snap Chatting with friends and browsing social media. Other distractions can include eating, drinking, chatting with passengers, searching for the right radio station or song, adjusting climate controls and looking for items inside your vehicle. Avoiding these distractions will help keep you distraction-free and safe while driving this summer.
Contact Harrison Pensa if you are Injured
Despite being prepared, aware and safe, collisions can happen out on the road. If you or someone you know is injured in a vehicle collision that was caused by the negligence of another person or party, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Itâ€™s always best to seek legal advice from a professional personal injury lawyer to understand your rights. At Harrison Pensa, our team of experienced lawyers can offer the advice you need and work with you through every step of the legal process.Â Our goal is to help ensure youget the compensation you deserve. Contact Harrison Pensa today by phone at 1-855-744-9228 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.