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Summer driving: The risks you face on the roads

Summer driving can be dangerous, and sometimes it's not for the reasons you may think. Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the most dangerous days of the year to be on the road exist. More people travel during this time, and good weather means motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians are all on the roads. July and August are two of the deadliest months of the year, but why is that the case?

One of the main reasons may be that the roads are just more congested. There are more teen drivers on the roads, both learning to drive during a less-icy time of year and driving with their new licenses. They're on their summer breaks, so they have more time to spend with friends and to be on the roads.

The weather can be difficult some days, too. Be careful of hydroplaning. Summer rain can be as dangerous as ice, and you need to give your car or truck more time to stop.

Teen drivers are less experienced than adults, so it's not a surprise that they pose a risk to others. They also tend to use smartphones and other devices while they drive, which is a hazard in and of itself.

To lower your risk of being in a crash and needing to be involved in a legal claim, take these steps. First, avoid texting or calling on your phone until you're stopped. Always wear your safety belt and buckle any children up carefully. If you're driving on the weekends or early evenings, you're more likely to get hit, so stay out of traffic if you can.

Source: The Huffington Post, "The Dangers of Summer Driving," Theresa MacPhail, accessed July 29, 2016

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