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Beware of a potential increase in car accidents over Labor Day weekend

With the Labor Day weekend approaching, a lot of people are going to be on the roads traveling to see family and friends, and to take one last summer trip. Unfortunately, the increased number of people on the roads can also mean an increased risk of accidents. Labor Day BBQs and other celebrations involving alcohol also mean more drunk drivers on the road.

Statistics show Labor Day weekend is particularly dangerous for drivers

According to information in USA Today regarding a AAA study of traffic accidents, Labor Day is the fourth most dangerous holiday in the United States for fatalities involving vehicles. More than 34 million people will travel at least 50 miles each during the Labor Day weekend, and during the Friday evening through midnight on Monday holiday period, nearly 400 people will lose their lives because of a traffic accident. Over 42,000 more will experience serious injuries. The sheer number of people on the roads, coupled with alcohol, tiredness, and distracted driving, all contribute to those upsetting numbers.

What can you do to reduce your risk?

Fortunately, you don't have to become a statistic just because you want to get out and do something on Labor Day weekend. Instead, you can reduce your risk by staying as safe as possible behind the wheel.

The key to this is defensive driving. Make sure your car is working properly, obey all traffic laws and time your outings so you are not on the roads late at night. Make sure you're well-rested, and don't do things behind the wheel that would distract you such as texting, talking on the phone, eating or drinking.

It's a good idea to watch other drivers, as well. Leave yourself plenty of following distance, move away from cars that are swerving or driving erratically and don't engage with drivers who are in a hurry or driving aggressively. It's best to let them pass you and go on their way. Just focus on what you're doing and watch for potential hazards, so you can have a good holiday and get home safe and sound.

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