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Safety First Over Labor Day Weekend

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The National Safety Council estimates that 400 traffic fatalities will happen over the Labor Day weekend which officially begins on Friday.  The Council also estimates 142 people may survive the holiday weekend because they will have worn their safety belts.

With the Labor Day weekend upon us, and millions of  drivers taking to the road, the Better Business Bureau is offering tips on how you can make this a safe holiday on the roads. 

1.  Make sure you’re well rested before traveling. 

2.  Make sure everyone is properly buckled up.  This past session of the General Assembly legislators passed a law requiring children to be placed in booster seats until the age of 8.
3.  Don’t tailgate and remember the two-second rule when following other vehicles.
4.  Obey all traffic signals and speed limits. 

5.  Don’t drink and drive.

6. Don’t text and drive.
7.  Pay attention to emergency signals and traffic.

8. Establish and enforce a driver’s distraction-free zone.

9.  Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and for those extra stops every traveler has to make.
10. Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather.

Before You Go:
• Create a car safety kit.
• Take the car in for a checkup. 

If You Need Help Getting Home

Remember “Tow to Go” .  The program is FREE and 100% confidential.  All you have to do is call 1-800-AAA-HELP and a tow truck will be sent to your location to take you and your car home.

The Tow to Go Program is available throughout Florida, Georgia, Southeastern, Middle and Western Tennessee.

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