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You can be the safest driver on the road, but chances are you're not alone on the road, thus the reason to always drive defensively. But other factors also play into driving risk, such as weather, road conditions and even day and time.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts ongoing analyses of the most dangerous days and times to drive. Not surprisingly, the evening commute generally ranks as most dangerous, based on numbers of accidents and fatalities. Even with more people working remotely, weeknights between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. remain the busiest.

But the singularly most dangerous time of day to drive is between 9 p.m. and midnight on Saturdays, based on accidents and deaths combined. This is a period of peak DUI arrests. In 2019, the NHTSA reported 529,000 crashes between 9 p.m. and midnight on Saturdays, with 5,052 deaths.

Body of Knowledge

In healthy people, brain temperatures often exceed the familiar 98.6 F by a few degrees and fluctuate by region of the brain, age, sex, menstrual cycle and time of day.

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Police spend one-quarter to two-thirds of their time dealing with nonviolent people in distress from mental health problems or substance misuse, according to published research and STAT News.

Mark Your Calendar

August is awareness month for glaucoma, birth defects prevention, cervical health, radon and thyroids. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland located just below the Adam's apple in the neck. It produces hormones that regulate heart rate, blood pressure and body temperature. Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. It's hard to be aware of because it's inert, colorless and odorless, but there are detectors you can buy for homes and other places.

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