Today was a legitimately nice day in the Northland.  Temperatures hit the 70s and it felt just nice.  The sun was out, I was driving back from an appointment in Carlton, when I nearly was taken off the road by a car that cut into my lane on I 35.  I shrugged it off, kept my cool and kept going.   Just minutes later another car passed me going close to 90 and "shot the gap" in between me and a semi.  What the heck was going on?!  It happens every year at this time.   Nicer weather and people drive like idiots.

Psychologically something about nice summer weather makes people drive riskier.  I know I even sped a bit more than I usually do.  Is it the good mood we get?  Are we even more distracted?  I'm not sure but I can tell you that there has to be a correlation.

My step dad was a cop for his entire career and he was the first one to point this out to me.  Crashes, DUI's, speeding violations, and seat belt tickets always go up in the summer.   So be on the lookout for crazy drivers.

Also be looking out for those kids out of school running around on bikes too.  And don't forget the big kids on their motorcycles this time of year.  Driving is a privilege that can be taken away!

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