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Labor Day crashes are avoidable with these tips

Labor Day is approaching, and that means that lots of people are going to be heading out of town and into places they're not familiar with. Traffic crashes are on the rise around the country, and having an influx of people unfamiliar with local roadways won't help.

If you're planning on traveling this Labor Day, there are a few things you should keep in mind to keep yourself and your family safe. Taking just a little time to make sure your vehicle is in order beforehand and that you're prepared to travel can make a difference.

Be ready to drive

If you're tired, you won't be as focused as if you had gotten at least five hours of sleep the night before. If you haven't gotten enough sleep, consider letting someone else drive for at least a while, so you can get some needed rest.

Avoid drinking before driving

Even if you drank the night before a drive, it can leave you feeling bad the next day. Avoid drinking and driving around the time of your trip, so you can be as alert and focused as possible.

Perform maintenance on your vehicle

Before you head out onto the road, make sure your vehicle is in good enough shape to do so. Check the fluids, belts, hoses and tires to make sure the vehicle is in working order before you take a long trip away from home.

With these tips, you can keep yourself safer on the roads. If you are involved in a crash, you can seek compensation from the responsible party.

Source: Automobile Club Southern California, "Auto Club Tips For Labor Day Travelers," accessed Aug. 24, 2017

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