Between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the 100 deadliest days each year for driving. These days make up the vast majority of teen driver fatalities, and they’re largely due to speeding, drinking and driving, and distracting elements behind the wheel. However, while the “100 deadliest days” primarily aims to address teen driving, it extends to all drivers.
Yes, even truck drivers – among the most experienced drivers on the road – are more likely to experience an issue between the months of May to September. These problems are due to poor tires, hot weather, and shipping season. Let’s dive deeper into these the statistics that have highlighted the danger it poses to our roads.
Tire Issues Spike During Summertime
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 11,000 accidents occur each year due to tire issues. Both speed and heat can increase the likelihood that tires will blow. As a result, you are more likely to see tire issues during the months of May through September because of the warm weather. The heat from the road and friction created by the speed of the tire puts everyone in the car in danger.
Hot Weather Means Tire and Brake Issues
You know that the heat can prompt issues with your tires. However, did you know it can put your brakes in jeopardy, too? If you’ve ever seen a “runaway ramp,” you know that brake issues are among the most common issues for truckers. This is due to the weight difference of the vehicles. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration states that nearly one-third of all accidents that involve truckers relates to a brake problem. The summer months are particularly problematic for truck drivers attempting to stay safe on the road.
Shipping Season Coincides With Dangerous Times On The Roads
Finally, peak shipping season falls directly over this period, which means truckers are out on the road earning their living. They drive through long hours and less-than-ideal conditions in order to get the job done. When fatigue is a factor, accidents are much more likely to occur. One of the leading causes of accidents during the 100 deadliest days on the road is distracted driving. This is particularly prevalent when fatigue sets in. Driving while tired or distracted can make an issue much more likely.
The 100 deadliest days on the road don’t exclude anyone from its clutches. While teen drivers are highly susceptible, new and experienced truckers can also falter due to the conditions and other drivers on the road. It’s important to stay safe and focused and always check your equipment prior to use. When you’re operating 80,000 pounds, the best thing you can do for yourself and others is to make sure you’re doing your part to operate it safely. Be smart and safe this summer!