Heading out for a trip? Beware these dangerous drivers.
Summer is a popular time to head out on road trips with family or friends. And, it could be especially enticing this summer, as people can still be hesitant to travel via other options like airlines or buses.
With that in mind, there are some risks to consider when you are driving on a road trip.
Students on break
When students across are on summer break, they are eager to spend time with friends and take advantage of the long days and nights. Unfortunately, these young drivers can be dangerous behind the wheel.
Too often, teen drivers cause accidents because they are:
- Easily distracted by their phones
- Driving with too many people in the car
- Speeding or driving recklessly
- Violating traffic laws
- Showing off to others
These behaviors can make them a threat to other road user. And in fact, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the deadliest days for crashes involving teen drivers.
Novice RV drivers
One way to make road trips more comfortable and enjoyable is to take one in an RV or motorhome. And reports show that rentals and sales of RVs have skyrocketed in 2021.
Thus, you may encounter several RVs on the road during your trip – many of whom are inexperienced with driving these vehicles.
To stay safe around novice RV drivers, be sure to give them space and drive defensively. Watch for drifting or swerving, which can make a driver overcorrect and lose control.
Summertime is synonymous with barbecues, happy hours on patios and other celebrations. These events can increase the likelihood of people getting behind the wheel after drinking.
Wherever you are driving, whether it’s across Maryland or the country, drunk driving is illegal. And while some states have legalized marijuana, driving while impaired by any drug is highly dangerous. Unfortunately, every state has drivers who are intoxicated or impaired. These drivers endanger the lives of everyone around them.
Watching out for these drivers will be crucial for any driver on a road trip. Doing so can prevent catastrophic accidents. But, there are only so many precautions you can take. Thus, if a crash still occurs because of another person’s negligence, legal action can be worth considering.