Autumn is around the corner and many people are hoping to squeeze in one last hurrah at the beach or other favorite travel destination before settling into the cooler and more structured fall season. For those choosing to travel, exercise caution as 2011 numbers from AXA show 40 percent more accident claims for Labor Day weekend than on an average day the rest of the summer.
As September 1 falls on a Saturday this year, the number of accidents has potential to be even higher as people return home on the last Saturday of the summer school holiday.
"Every year we see a surge of accidents at this time of year as people head back after the August bank holiday, or return home after their summer holidays. Generally speaking we tend to see lots of accidents on our roads over the few days following the bank holiday Monday," said Sarah Vaughn, motor director at AXA insurance.
Those who are able to adjust their schedule may want to change their travel plans to avoid being on the road Saturday. However, the news provider is suggesting there are some ways drivers can ease their stress.
Plan ahead to leave plenty of time for the journey. Feeling rushed may cause a driver to use less caution, increasing the risk of an accident. If the trip is a long one, factor in a break to further reduce stress by resting.
Travelers should plan a car tune up and, if needed, an oil change, before leaving to avoid an unnecessary breakdown. Further, stop for gas before the gas gauge is on Empty and check breakdown coverage and be to make sure motor insurance is up to date in case a breakdown or accident does occur.