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July 19, 2010

Listen Up! More Accidents Occur in Summer

Road-Trip It's always important to drive defensively and cautiously, but it's even more important to drive carefully during the summer months. People tend to spend more time on the road during the summer, thus increasing your likelihood of an accident. In fact, the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day have been dubbed the "101 deadliest days for all drivers".

Interestingly enough, though most drivers look down on dangerous driving risks such as running red lights, and driving while intoxicated, it doesn't stop them from taking the dangerous risk themselves.

Americans rated drunk driving as the most serious traffic related problem, but 10% of drivers admitted that they've driven while intoxicated. It's much easier to point the finger at someone else, but driving defensively while not taking serious driving risks is the best thing you can do for your own safety on the road. For more information on driver's safety hypocrasy, check out RTM's article, Driver Safety: Do As I Say, Not As I Do.

To drive safely this summer, make sure you are following basic driving rules. Always make sure to leave enough space between you and the car in front of you (1 car length for every 10 miles an hour is the rule of thumb). Look far ahead when you are driving, as you are more likely to spot a crossing pedestrian or another car making a sudden stop. Defensive driving may seem obvious, but utilizing your defensive driving skills can save your life. For more defensive driving tips, check out RTM's Easy Driving Tips For All Ages article.


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