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Can hot temperatures cause road traffic collisions?

On Behalf of | Jul 6, 2023 | Car Accidents |

While the weather can be unpredictable at times, summers in Georgia tend to be hot and dry. This can be beneficial, as families can go out and enjoy downtime together. However, there are also some drawbacks to the consistent heat.

Driving in hot temperatures isn’t easy, and there are several challenges related to hot temperatures that can cause accidents. Outlined below are a few things to keep in mind this summer.

Visibility may be reduced

Looking directly at the sun can be very dangerous, and even a slight accidental glance while driving can be devastating. Glare is enough to reduce visibility and even induce temporary blindness. Driving blindly even for only a few seconds is enough to cause a potentially fatal traffic collision.

People react differently in hot temperatures

Some studies suggest that individuals become more short-tempered in hot temperatures. This makes the risk of road rage much more likely. Road rage behaviors such as tailgating and erratic driving all increase the likelihood of crashes.

Anger isn’t the only reaction that can come from hot temperatures. Some studies indicate that drivers may become more tired and lethargic and may experience reduced reaction times when hot and fatigued. Concentration is key to safe driving, and without it, a driver’s approach can potentially become dangerous.

Traveling with a bottle of water while driving on a hot day. If you are dehydrated, concentrating on driving will likely be more difficult. Of course, anything that takes your focus from the road can create a risky situation.

It’s important to take care of yourself when temperatures are high, particularly when you’re outside and when you’re on the roads. Unfortunately, you cannot control the conduct of other road users. If you’ve been hurt by a driver who has been affected by the summer heat, it can benefit you to seek legal guidance.


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