Now that winter has long been in the books, and we’re in the peak of summer, you might think it’s safe to take it easy while you’re in the driver’s seat because the roads are clear of all that snow and ice. Well, think again.
What many people don’t realize, and what drivers should understand is that the summer season provides CDL drivers with a plethora of challenges while on the road. In fact, summertime presents an entirely different set of issues that need to be addressed and all of them with the same attentiveness and skill as wintertime driving.
At TQM Logistics, we provide high-paying CDL truck driver jobs in PA, and we understand that just because the winter has passed, that does not mean it’s time to let our guard down. Since wintertime driving offers so many obvious problems and challenges, we perceive the warmer months to be less risky. Let’s take a look at why you need to pay attention to your driving during the summertime and how you can be a better driver this season.
Why Summertime CDL Driving Can Be Dangerous
The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is commonly referred to as the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ on the roads across the United States of America. Circumstances such as the increasing number of people on the road, rising temperatures, and more construction all factor into the challenges professional truck drivers face on the road during the summer. Let’s take a closer look at some of the things to watch out for this season.
Extra Drivers and Congestion
There’s no denying that the summer season brings more drivers than any other time of the year. Not only are children out of school, but people are more inclined to get outside to enjoy the warm weather. Additionally, many families choose to hit the road for their summertime adventures, vacations, and other activities.
However, because these drivers may be unfamiliar with the areas and roads they’re on, it can result in dangerous and erratic behavior behind the wheel. In these situations, you need to remain alert, keep a safe following distance, and never drive aggressively.
On our next blog, we’ll take a look at the rest of the list of summertime driving challenges, and how you can improve your own driving and continue to stay safe on the roads this season. For more information on driving safely, or applying for a truck driver job in NJ, contact us today.