During the summer months, life can be difficult for different reasons. Weather can be a particularly challenging aspect of this time of the year, especially in areas that see unbearably hot temperatures. Not only can heat waves make people feel sluggish (or even affect their health, especially if they work outside), but they can increase the likelihood of an auto accident in various ways. For example, drivers may be fatigued due to excessive heat or difficulty sleeping at night, and hot weather can affect road safety in other ways too.

Sometimes, when temperatures become exceptionally high, people become frustrated and aggressive. Some people may be more prone to develop road rage and take their anger out on others while they are behind the wheel, which can be disastrous. Moreover, workers may become more exhausted, especially if they are exposed to the heat while performing their job duties. Some of these workers may be more likely to fall asleep while driving or struggle to stay alert while they are on the road.

There are even some less common risks to consider when it comes to heat waves and road safety. For example, a driver’s air conditioner may break, and this could make it hard for them to pay attention to the road and their driving abilities could be adversely affected by becoming overheated. Many people welcome the fall, when temperatures cool down in many parts of the country, but this season presents road hazards as well, so it is imperative to be cautious on the road at all times of the year.