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Tips for safe summer travel tips

With the Memorial Day holiday seeing more than 36 million Americans taking to the road, along with another estimated 37.5 million that traveled in vehicles during the 4-5 day Fourth of July weekend, summertime travel appears aimed to hit an all-time high.

With a greater volume of traffic on the road, chances are greater to encounter distracted drivers and drowsy drivers.

With these hazards in mind, there are a number of things that drivers can do to stay out of car crashes, fender-benders, rear-end collisions and other motor vehicle accidents.  

Yes, most of this is just common sense, but it is still always good to be reminded of them:

Wear your seatbelt -  North Carolina law requires that everyone wear their seatbelts, but it is still surprising how many people don't do it. Even on "short" trips to the mall or the grocery store, wearing a seatbelt can save your life in an accident. Statistically, most wrecks occur close to home and on short trips.  Buckle up!

Yes, it can be tempting...but stay off your cell phone!!! - It may not be as easy to avoid using your cell phone, especially when you are using directional apps or traffic monitoring systems.  Keep in mind that texting and other distracted driving is not only ILLEGAL, but is actually more dangerous that driving drunk!  Paying attention to your phone may take your attention from the road, even if it is for a good cause.

Avoid aggressive driving - Slogging through slow traffic is a way of life in Charlotte and other areas of North Carolina, especially on stretches of I-77 and I-85, and especially on U.S. 74 on the way to and from the beach.  If you are caught in slow traffic, calm down and take your time. Tailgating and cutting people off can lead to injuries and sometime even wrongful death due to road rage.

Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday!  

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