Many California residents take road trips during the summer to hike upstate or do wine-tastings in Sonoma. If you’re looking to travel a long-distance within California or even across the country, you’ll save a lot of money on travel expenses.
There is no question that road rage can lead to deadly car accidents in California and across the country. Whether in the peak hours of traffic or during nighttime hours, it is not unusual to see motorists engaging in dangerous driving behaviors while navigating the busy roads. Drivers often get frustrated when they are late to an important meeting, work or an appointment and they are stuck behind other drivers in traffic. However, engaging in dangerous driving behaviors when involved in these situations can be deadly. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 9,234 drivers who were involved in fatal car accidents in 2017 were speeding. This is only one of the dangerous driving behaviors shown by aggressive drivers.
Last Thursday morning, a seven-vehicle crash on Interstate 5 in Lodi, California, resulted in two deaths and closed all the northbound lanes for five hours while cleanup took place. Authorities have ruled out drugs or alcohol as a factor while continuing to investigate the accident. While there have been no official determination as to the cause, witnesses to the accident speaking in an unofficial capacity cite inattention and excess speed as possible contributing factors.
Whether you plan to travel cross-country or see more of California, summer is a great time to take a road trip with the family and/or a group of friends. However, summer road trips also present unique seasonal safety challenges.
Left hand turns are inherently dangerous. You are cutting across lanes of traffic. Experts advise against making a left turn unless it is absolutely necessary, especially in busy areas. They even advocate going out of your way to avoid these turns. Sometimes, you may have no choice but to turn left. In these situations, there are some things you can do to prevent an accident and stay safe.
Californian residents like you spend plenty of your day on the road, whether it's commuting to work, meeting with friends, or just going to pick up groceries. There are many small dangers you could come across any time you do your daily driving. Illegal turns are one of them.