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Preparing for the 100 deadly days of summer

Summer in Delaware means beach trips, graduation parties and family reunions. While the warm weather invites fun and relaxation, it also brings more traffic and an increased risk of car accidents.

There are several reasons why the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the “100 deadly days of summer”.

Understanding the risks

Several factors contribute to the increased danger on the roads during summer:

1. Schools are out, and more inexperienced teen drivers are on the road. The lack of school obligations and more freedom often translates to more leisure driving and a higher risk of accidents.

2. Families and tourists coming to explore Delaware’s scenery and history all contribute to significantly more traffic on the road.

3. Warmer weather and longer days make summer the preferred season for road construction. These projects often lead to detours, land closures and altered traffic patterns, creating confusion and potential hazards for drivers.

Awareness of the increased risks of driving in the summer is the first step toward enhancing road safety. Remember your defensive driving skills. Always be aware of your surroundings and anticipate the actions of other drivers.

Limit your distractions when you drive. Put away the cell phone and set the GPS destination before starting the car.

Try to avoid peak times, such as Friday evenings or holiday weekends. Also, remember that vacationers usually travel to or from their destination on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

Make sure your vehicle is road-ready, especially before making a long journey. Check your tire pressure, brakes, headlights and air conditioning to ensure everything is in working order.

Road rage and aggressive driving behaviors contribute to accidents, so practice patience when you’re on the road.

When you live in a state that is a tourist destination, it’s critical to exercise additional caution every time you’re on the road. If you find yourself in an accident, be sure to work with someone who can review your case and assist you in receiving compensation for your injuries.