The U.S. Census Bureau reports that California has more than 39 million residents. And the state receives millions of visitors per year. You’ll find more residents and tourists sharing the roads during the summer. If you know these summer driving hazards, you’ll have a better time staying safe on California roads.
Tourists in California are likely to walk around while sightseeing. Locals might also join in on the fun. Pedestrians can become distracted by looking at the sights, talking on their phones or talking excitedly with family or friends.
Watch for pedestrians crossing the road. Someone could dart out in the road or jaywalk when you least expect it. At crosswalks, make sure the area is clear before proceeding. And watch for pedestrians when you’re making turns.
Motor vehicle accidents are more likely when there’s increased traffic. California is known for congested freeways. You have commuters and other residents sharing the freeways. You may also notice a sharp increase in traffic during the summer when tourists are visiting. Then there’s the chance of road closings and detours because of construction.
When possible, avoid driving during times when freeways are most congested. It might also help to find a route with less traffic. If you’re stuck in traffic, remain patient and move with the traffic.
Bicyclists and motorcyclists
Bicyclists and motorcyclists are significant road hazards because they’re often hard to spot. California has decent weather most of the year, so bicyclists and motorcyclists are on the road year-round. However, summer tourists can lead to more bicycles and motorcycles on the roads.
Become extra vigilant when driving near motorcyclists and bicyclists. Give them space, watch for sudden movements and watch for them when making turns.
These are only a few summer driving hazards in California. But if you keep these in mind, you’ll have a good chance of avoiding a motor vehicle accident.