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Below are five practical tips every driver can do to create safer roads this summer. (Photo: Jevanto Productions/Adobe Stock)

It’s not surprising to hear that the COVID-19 pandemic has kept many people off the roads. However, even with less traffic, driving has become more dangerous, as individuals are increasingly engaging in behaviors that put all of us at risk.

Since the start of the pandemic, U.S. drivers are even more distracted and are speeding more frequently, according to the smartphone telematics platform TrueMotion. In-hand phone use specifically, including scrolling, swiping and typing, has increased by up to 15% relative to before the pandemic. And it’s not just phone use that’s concerning. Recently, an emergency room physician told me that early in the pandemic, he had seen an uptick in critical injuries caused by devastating crashes; with the roads empty, people in his city were drag racing on normally busy public highways.

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