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Hot Tips for Summer Driving

I recently came across this advisory from iHeartRadio warning about the dangers of summer driving. Summer is the most dangerous time to be on the road. But why?

Maybe, as iHeartRadio suggests, that driving in pleasant weather is distracting. Maybe it has to do with summertime barbeques and drivers who did not designate a non-drinking driver to take them home. Maybe it's more vacation traffic or more teen drivers on the road when they are out of school.

Alcohol consumption rises in the summer as well. iHeartRadio and the U.S. Department of Transportation remind us that the Fourth of July and Labor Day are particular dates of trouble. But what you need to know is this: nearly twice as many people are killed in auto accidents during the summer months than the rest of the year combined.

Here are some tips on avoiding dangerous summer conditions.

Hot weather, something we have to deal with extensively here in the desert, causes the air in your tires to expand, which can lead to blow outs if your tires are well-worn. Be safe and check your tires on a regular basis. Hot weather can also lead to dehydration, even when driving. The heat combined with use of air conditioning can cause your car to overheat as well.

Summer, in many places, is also a time for construction. Beware of road signs and construction zones. Fines increase in construction zones, as does the danger to construction workers. Keep this in mind as construction begins in Rancho Mirage at High way 111 and Frank Sinatra shortly.

Don't forget that even though the snow birds are gone, there are still plenty of people on the road. Summer is not the time to let loose in the car and forget your safe driving or to stop being careful of other drivers on the road.

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