Summer is a time of catch up for many people. Teens and young adults use their summer freedom to meet and catch up with friends, and nice weather provides construction crews ideal circumstances for catching up on road projects. With all this commotion on the road, it’s important to do your best to prevent a car accident.

Dealing with the aftermath of a car crash isn’t how anyone wants to spend their summer. Below are a few ways to lower or manage hazards on the road.

Watch out for teen drivers

Like most skills in life, driving is something that improves over time and not overnight. In fact, teen drivers are more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adult drivers. So, you can do your part by being mindful of all the drivers you share the road with by utilizing more than just your windshield as a window to the road. Instead, guide your attention to your back window, side windows and mirrors too.

Also, if you have any children or relatives that are just beginning their journey as drivers, it’s important to warn them about the dangers of distracted driving. Encourage them to keep up the safety tips and traffic law knowledge they learned to prepare for their driver’s test too.

Plan your route

Summer days in New Jersey can be both sunny and rainy. Before heading out for the day, it’s worth checking the forecast as any slight obstruction of your view can cause an instant accident. That way, if you know it’s going to rain, then you have time to check your windshield wipers are working or if you know the sun will be strong, then you can be sure to pack your sunglasses.

Construction crews can also create another obstacle on the road. To prepare, you can keep up to date on the latest projects and road closures via the New Jersey Department of Transportation website.

Arrange a sober ride

Driving while impaired is dangerous for you and those around you. Not only can one too many drinks lead to a dangerous crash, but getting a DUI will lead to serious consequences. Although you might deserve every right to absorb the longer days of summer with some alcoholic beverages, planning a sober ride is your safest bet.

If you do fall victim to a minor to severe car crash, a personal injury attorney can help you garner the compensation you need to enjoy the rest of the short-lived summer season.