Safety First: Tips for Safe Driving This Summer

Charlotte Personal Injury Attorney Matt Arnold answers the question: “What if the accident was my fault?”


The end of winter weather is near, and it seems like summer is just around the corner. Many people think that the dangers of driving might decrease as the weather gets nicer. There is not any snow, ice, or other inclement weather dangers to create issues on North Carolina freeways, right? Yes, inclement weather increases the dangers of driving in the winter, but summer carries with it its own dangers. Nicer weather can result in more drivers letting their guard down since they do not have to be worried about driving over a patch of black ice. Driving in the summer can be dangerous due to greater numbers of drivers on the roads, and their propensity to drive faster in nicer weather. Now is the best time for a refresh on safe driving tips to keep in mind for driving in North Carolina in the summertime.


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The sun can do wonders for one’s spirits, but it can also cause chaos while driving. The sun can create a glare on your car that makes it difficult to see the road. To combat the brightness of the sun and any glare off of your car, you should wear sunglasses when driving, and slow down.


Prepare for Summer Storms


While summer does not usually bring on serious snow storms, it does carry the potential for dangerous thunderstorms. Heavy rainfall can mix with oils on roadways and make the roads slippery. If possible, avoid driving during a rainstorm. If not driving is not an option, reduce your speed, turn on your headlights, and be respectful toward other drivers on the road. If the rain gets to be too heavy and your visibility is greatly impaired, pull over as soon as it is safe and wait for visibility conditions to improve.


Prepare for Road Trips


If you are planning a summer road trip, make sure you take the time to adequately prepare. Check the pressure in your tires, change the oil, and make sure your car is operating in tip top shape. Additionally, if you will be lugging a camper or other extra equipment, be conscious of any weight limits on your car, verify trailer light functionality and have your brakes checked.


Anytime you are driving, no matter the season, be sure to follow the rules of the road. Give yourself ample amount of time to get where you are going, respect other drivers, and use your best judgment in any situation that arises. Even if you take every possible precaution, accidents still happen. If you have been injured in a car accident due to the negligence or wrongful act of another, the personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are here to help you. While you may be able to control your actions as a driver, there is no way to control other drivers on the road. Our attorneys are dedicated to holding negligent parties responsible and getting you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a consultation. Now taking cases throughout the Charlotte region with offices in Uptown Charlotte, Mooresville and the new location under renovation in Monroe, call us at 704-370-2828 or click here for additional resources.







The skilled personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to maximizing the financial recovery and obtaining justice for every personal injury client injured by another party’s negligence. The issues our personal injury clients may be facing include, but are not limited to, slip and fall injuries, wrongful death, product liability, catastrophic injuries, dog bite claims, car and truck accident injuries, motorcycle injuries, traumatic brain injury (TBI), nursing home negligence, spinal cord injury, boating accidents, and defective medical device injury. Our personal injury attorneys understand the devastating impact such an injury can have on a person’s life, and that the effects so often go beyond physical pain and suffering. The personal injury attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC are dedicated to helping clients determine the strength of their claims, and to aggressively pursuing the means necessary to achieve the best possible end result for each client’s particular situation.





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