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Risk of Motor Vehicle Accidents Goes Up in Summer

A Number of Factors Contribute to Increase in Summer Auto Wrecks

Risk of Motor Vehicle Accidents Goes Up in SummerStatistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) consistently show that the number of motor vehicle accidents rises nationwide in the summer months. Officials cite a number of reasons for the increase:

  • There are more young, inexperienced drivers on the roads —Studies show that one in every five motor vehicle accidents involves a driver under the age of 20. Younger drivers have less experience, are typically less familiar with the roads, and may not know exactly what their vehicle can do. They also tend to be more inclined to risky behaviors behind the wheel, such as joyriding, aggressive driving, and speeding.
  • There are more drivers on the roads overall, and many drivers are putting more miles on their vehicles —School’s out, so many of those younger drivers who were in school all day are now out and about. The weather’s nice, so people are more inclined to spend time outdoors, whether it’s going to the park or the beach or just out for a drive. In addition, it’s vacation time, so families are traveling more, typically traveling longer distances, and often traveling on unfamiliar roadways. When the number of total miles being driven goes up, the number of accidents increases as well.
  • Summer is the season for parties and picnics —Summer starts and ends with a holiday weekend. Whether it’s a cookout, a beach party, or a picnic, many of those gatherings involve the consumption of alcohol. It should come as no surprise, then, that the number of alcohol-related accidents also increases in the summer.

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