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Summer Road Trips: A Time for Fun But Stay Aware of Possible Risks

April 14, 2014 — by Mark T. Flickinger, JD

The lure of a summer road trip seems, as the old car commercial used to say, as American as baseball and apple pie. The kids are out of school, there is time to load up the car for a trip to the cabin in the mountains, head to a houseboat on Lake Powell, or take a long-distance, cross-country adventure. You may have guessed that you are not the only person with this idea. Check out the traffic congestion on the freeways surrounding Provo and Salt Lake City any Friday afternoon during the summer. While getting out of town for the weekend or driving far away for a summer vacation is a great way to spend time with your family, it is not without its risk. Hot, Hot Summer The American Automobile Association (AAA) advises that simple maintenance checks can improve your chances of a trouble-free vacation. In Utah, summer can be blisteringly hot, and when the air temperature is 100 degrees, the road surface can be much hotter, especially black asphalt. You do not want to have a blowou

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