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Easter One of the Most Dangerous Travel Holidays in North Carolina

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Easter is one of the most dangerous days for holiday travel in that state. A review of traffic data for seven major holidays revealed that Easter trailed only Thanksgiving and Christmas for the most car crashes in 2009. Not surprisingly, Thanksgiving took the dubious honor of having the most automobile accidents. There were 2,166 motor vehicle crashes in North Carolina on Thanksgiving Day in 2009. This figure has declined annually from a high of 3,279 in 2006. Christmas Day was the runner-up with 1,969 collisions in 2009. This figure was lower than the two previous years, the highest of which was 2007 with 2,962 crashes.

Easter finished higher than New Year's Day, Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day with 1,582 motor vehicle collisions, down from 1,761 the prior year. Memorial Day was next with 1,556 vehicle collisions. There were 1,485 collisions in 2008. Labor Day totaled 1,362 accidents, down from 1,422 the prior year.

The number of holiday motor vehicle collisions dropped substantially for the Fourth of July and New Year's Day. The Fourth of July saw 1,073 North Carolina car crashes in 2009, up from 1,050 the prior year. New Year's Day registered only 672 collisions for 2010. This figure increased from 523 the previous year. Overall there were fewer automobile collisions on holidays in 2009 than the prior year, with the total figures statewide dropping by 672 crashes.

Avoid Being One Of These Auto Accident Statistics!

How do you avoid becoming one of these numbers? Follow these tips from CNN and the American Automobile Association:

  1. Before you go, check your battery, tire tread, tire pressure, windshield wipers, and wiper fluid.
  2. Make and take with you an emergency road kit, including flashlights with fresh batteries, jumper cables, warning flares or triangles, first aid kit, mobile phones, and car chargers with important numbers preprogrammed.
  3. Check the weather report and prepare accordingly. Be patient and do not let yourself get distracted.
  4. Do not use your cell phone while driving.
  5. Keep the kids busy and entertained with snacks, games, and frequent stops.
  6. Take a break every two hours or 100 miles.