California is home to many scenic drives, and Orange County’s canyon roads are some of the best. However, these routes, including Laguna Canyon Road, Ortega Highway and Santiago Canyon Road, are some of the most dangerous in the state.
Whether you are planning on doing some sightseeing or just going about your regular commute, here is what you need to know about the risks of driving on canyon roads.
Why are these roads dangerous?
Canyon routes have unique features that make them particularly hazardous for drivers. Steep grades, winding turns and poor visibility all increase the likelihood of a collision. Many motorists do not take into account these dangers when driving on these highways, which is why improper passing and speed often play a role in accidents.
How can you stay safe?
You do not have to forego the scenic views of California’s roadways altogether, but you should exercise additional caution while traveling on canyon routes. Make sure to follow the speed limit to ensure you can maintain control of your vehicle. Approach blind curves with caution. Stay alert at all times.
In addition, you may want to avoid driving on these stretches during particularly risky times. At night, wildlife and drunk drivers are more likely to be threats. Holiday weekends attract a large number of motorcyclists and other sightseers. Inclement weather can impact your visibility and ability to safely operate your vehicle.
If you are in an accident on a canyon road, get to a safe place and contact law enforcement. You should seek medical attention if needed. You may opt to receive compensation for your injuries.