AAA Travel projects 34.1 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the upcoming Labor Day holiday, a 4.2 percent increase from the 32.7 million people who traveled last year. The anticipated increase in holiday travel is predominantly due to increased consumer spending and the improving housing market. The total number of 2013 Labor Day holiday travelers is expected to reach a new post-recession high. The Labor Day holiday travel period is defined as Thursday, August 29 to Monday, September 2.
With the increase in the number of vehicles the road, it is impairative to practice safe driving. According to the National Safety Council, there will be 394 traffic fatalities and another 42,200 medically consulted injuries, all resulting from motor vehicle collisions. An evaluation of recent Labor Day holiday period fatality estimates is shown in the table below.
Evaluation of Recent Labor Day Holiday Period Estimates
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To avoid becoming a traffic fatality, plan to adhere to the following safety tips:
There are a number of other dangers to Labor Day weekend drivers besides impaired driving. Follow these additional tips to stay safe: