Drive Carefully on Election Day

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Don't drive yourself crazy today.

Tuesdays are busy already, and today we squeeze in time to vote. So it's no wonder a recent study found we're more likely to get into serious car crashes on Election Day.

According to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association, there are 18 percent more traffic deaths on presidential voting days. That's definitely scary enough to make me slow down and pay attention.

The researcher, Donald Redelmeier, M.D., professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, says wrecks are caused by high emotions added to how distracted we are by the breaking news. He's been collecting traffic data dating back to the 1976 Jimmy Carter election.

We all know what we need to do: Drive safely to the polls.

Whew. That's heavy. To lighten things up on this oh-so-serious Election Day, here's a question from pinkclover: What kind of car do you drive? If it's not the car of your dreams, what is?

(Mine is a Volkswagon Beetle Convertible.)

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