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Year's Busiest Travel Weekend Approaching

Posted July 2, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— If you plant to hit the road this holiday weekend you'll be joining many others in the country. The 4th of July weekend is the busiest travel holiday of the year and one of the deadliest.

North Carolina Highway Patrol officers say you need to take precautions to keep you and your passengers safe.

Always be aware of your surroundings on the road. Check your mirrors frequently to see who's around you. Remember, you share the highways with big trucks and, according to AAA, if you're in a car, you're four times more likely to be the killed or injured party in a crash with a tractor-trailer. While more head-on collisions occur on secondary roads, nearly 80 percent of deadly accidents involving trucks happen on highways and freeways.

But truckers say car drivers are more often the ones not paying attention. Cars often end up in a truck's blind spots.

Truckers say if you follow too closely or if you're beside a truck, you are as good as invisible.

Statistics show that in truck-car accidents, the car drivers are more often at fault.