8 Summer Driving Hazards
Staying Safe On The Summer Roads
Summertime and the living is easy so it’s time to sit back and unwind. It’s a great time to get planning those weekend getaways and organising what you will be doing for the next couple of months. It could be a family trip away to one of the many festivals happening this summer, a romantic weekend away or deciding to follow your team during this years hurling and football championship.
To make sure you are safe and secure on the road and by roads of the country we have put together a quick list of road safety hazards you might encounter so that you are equipped for the summer time.
8 Summer Driving Hazards
- I’m no Chris Froome or Dan Martin but I try to get in a few kilometers at the weekend if possible. Since April I have noticed a steady increase in the number of cyclist on the roads so if you are planning on doing any driving keep an eye out for those on two wheels. Be vigilant in case you come across a peloton or a rider trying to recovering from going “á bloc”
- Summertime is a popular time for the national roads authority and county councils to arrange road works due to the long days and the dry weather. This can sometimes come with additional delays and loose chippings. So keep an eye out for resurfacing notices and slow down when necessary.
Blinded By The Light
- In many countries summertime is known to bring good weather and this phenomenon has recently been spotted in Ireland. From Dublin to Cork, Galway to Limerick the Irish population has been experiencing unseasonably bright and sunny weather which can cause expected glare. Try cleaning your car windscreen regularly and investing in a good pair of sun glasses.
- Driver fatigue is something that can affect anyone and there is no miracle cure to stop it. We all have our methods for staying alert at the wheel from stretching in our seats to letting in some fresh air. Try to avoid these short term fixes and go for something that may have a longer impact. Aim to take a break every two hours, avoid carb heavy meals and if necessary pull in at a rest stop to have a 15 minute nap.
Like Minded People
- You are probably not the only person to notice the change in the seasons so it’s a good idea to remember this when you are going for a drive. Summertime is a peak time for Irish family vacations so be aware of the additional road traffic around high tourist areas.
- Be mindful of learner drivers on the road and think back to your learning experiences before saying or doing anything.
- The Irish farming community has a small window in which to get a vast majority of their major winter preparations done. Most of their work is done between May and September so if you are planning on driving through the countryside be aware of potential delays caused by this work.
Chance of Showers
- Every Irish person knows that even if the weather forecast doesn’t call for rain it probably still will. Rain showers and poorly maintained tyres can increase the risk of aquaplaning. During the summer months this can be doubly true so make sure you are prepared by having your tyre pressure and tread depth checked.
Despite all the glorious weather, and activities that are common during the summer months, it is always important that you stay vigilant for the unexpected. Doing this will keep you and others safe on the road while allowing you to enjoy the good weather.