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What makes summer driving dangerous?

The summer is approaching quickly, and that means that more people will be on the roads. Colorado has much to do and see, so it's not surprising that people want to come here for vacations or to visit family and friends.

In the summer, there are a number of dangers that threaten drivers. What makes it so dangerous? People driving who don't know the area, for one. Another reason that summer is dangerous is the additional congestion on the roads. While some people work, a large number of teens and children are out of school, and parents and teens often spend more time on the roads.

A third reason summer is dangerous is because of the increase in road construction. The summer is a great time to make repairs, but when you combine that with road congestion and additional drivers unfamiliar with the area, the potential for a car accident increases.

What can you do to help lower the risk of an accident?

One thing is to keep track of the weather. On rainy days, days with storms or those with high winds, there is a higher likelihood of accidents. Avoid heading into busy areas, and if you do go out, travel slower to account for the conditions.

Another thing you can do is to make sure you travel when the sun is high in the sky or after dark. When the sun is setting, it's more likely to cause a glare, and that glare has the potential to blind drivers temporarily. That inability to see the road puts everyone at a higher risk of a crash.

If you are involved in a crash, you have the right to speak with your attorney about filing a claim for compensation. The driver who caused the crash should be held liable for his or her negligence.

Source: Esurance, "dangers of summer driving," accessed April 21, 2017

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