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Labor Day weekend is approaching and experts predict that the roadways will be busy. It is estimated that over 34 million people will be traveling between September 5 and September 8th. The risk of traffic accidents increases due to high traffic volumes.

“Labor Day weekend traffic causes vacationers to be stuck in traffic-volume related backups on their way to their destination,” said Thomas D. Bumgardner, Ballantyne traffic accident lawyer. “Drivers can become uncomfortable and can get impatient. This often leads to aggressive, careless driving and causes accidents.”

Remaining aware and practicing defensive driving techniques can help you travel safely this holiday weekend.

Basic Defensive Driving Techniques

Get plenty of rest before traveling – With adequate rest, your brain becomes alert and have quick to react.  Get at least eight hours of sleep before you start driving.

Keep your hands in the correct position on the wheel – By placing your hands at the “ten and two” position on the wheel, you’re in the best position possible to control the vehicle if you need to react quickly.

Remove all distractions – Focus on the road. Don’t use your cell phone, apply makeup or search for items in your vehicle. Wait until you are at a rest area to complete these tasks.

Drive at similar speeds to others around you – Everyone knows speeding can be dangerous, but driving too slow can cause just as many problems. Try to keep a similar speed to the other vehicles around you. This will help keep traffic moving at a steady pace.

Don’t follow too closely – Make sure there is plenty of space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. Maintaining an adequate distance will give you enough time to react to any sudden stops. If someone is driving too close to you, allow them to pass if possible.

Keep your distance from bad drivers – If you see someone driving erratically or aggressively, keep as much distance from them as possible. It is more likely that they will be involved in an accident than someone who is driving safely. By putting distance between your vehicle and theirs, you are allowing yourself time to react to any incidents that may occur.

Be vigilant at intersections – Many drivers will be exploring new areas. This means they may be more likely to miss stop signs and traffic lights. Even if your light is green, check left then right to ensure the vehicles on either side have stopped.

Take a break – Make a stop to stretch, get something to eat and use the bathroom every two to four hours. This will give your muscles, eyes and mind some much-needed relief. Long-distance driving can become monotonous and tiring, by taking a break you are more likely to stay sharp for the entire drive.

Get to your vacation spot safely this Labor Day weekend. By staying alert and practicing these defensive driving techniques, you may be able to avoid a traffic accident.

Have a Traffic Accident? Call Your Ballantyne Traffic Accident Lawyer

Sometimes collisions are unavoidable. If you have been involved in an accident, you want an experienced Ballantyne traffic accident lawyer to handle your case. Thomas D. Bumgardner has experience fighting for his client’s rights and has a reputation for getting results. To schedule a free consultation, please call 704.887.4981