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(RNN) – Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends for road traveling, so planning ahead and being well prepared are essential to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip.

The National Safety Council (NSC) released estimated traffic fatality information for the upcoming Labor Day week, predicting 400 will lose their lives over the holiday weekend.

According to a press release from the NSC, for the past six years, the Labor Day weekend has averaged 14.6 percent more traffic fatalities than similar non-holiday periods.

With AAA projecting more Americans will drive instead of fly this holiday weekend, it’s very important to be safe.

About 27.3 million people – 87 percent of holiday travelers – plan to take to the nation’s roadways this Labor Day weekend.

However, the total number of travelers is expected to be smaller than last year.

“AAA is projecting a decrease in the number of Labor Day travelers as some Americans react to recent economic uncertainty and increasing air fares,” said Glen MacDonell, director, AAA Travel Services in a press release. “While automobile travel is expected to increase slightly, if recent declines in gasoline prices continue through Labor Day, we could see an increase in last-minute holiday weekend travel.”

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Article Courtesy of WOIO 19 Action News