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Summer is here: Unique hazards play a role in accidents

Summer is a fun time of year, but it poses a number of unique threats to drivers. As the heat increases, driver fatigue, air pressure and other concerns start to play a role in crashes. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to help prevent these car crashes.

You already know about some of the typical hazards on the roads like distracted drivers or construction. Other issues like tire blowouts and additional motorcyclists also cause a higher risk of a crash. Here are a few other things to think about when you head out on the road.

1. There are more teens on the road

Since school is out, there are more teens on the road than during the school year. These young drivers are still learning, and they're more likely to make mistakes that lead to a crash. Stay focused on the road and look out for young drivers, so you can prevent an accident if they make mistakes you can avoid.

2. Animals are out and about

Day and night, animals are all around. In the summer, it's much more common to see herds of deer trying to cross the road. Those aren't necessarily the real threat, though. Instead, keep an eye out for stray animals that may have gotten loose from their homes. People take their pets on walks more in the warmer weather, and that means that leashes could break or that pets could escape. Slow down in residential areas and be prepared for the unexpected.

3. The sun isn't kind in the summer

The heat poses its own problems, but the sun also causes a glare that can blind you behind the wheel. Avoid driving when the sun is coming up or setting if you must drive toward it. If the sun hits just right, it's nearly impossible to block it with your overhead visor, and it could reflect in a way that makes you squint or close your eyes. Wear sunglasses to help avoid crashes resulting from glare.

These are a few tips and things to think about this summer. With some preventative measures and planning, you can help prevent accidents. 

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