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ALDOT gives holiday driving tips

The number of vehicles on Alabama’s interstates is expected to be higher than normal as the Labor Day holiday officially closes the summer travel season and kicks off college football game travel. This weekend, drivers should plan for increased traffic and allow extra time to reach their destination.

For the safety of the traveling public, construction industry workers and maintenance crews, the Alabama Department of Transportation will have no temporary lane closures on the interstate after noon Friday, Sept. 3, through Monday, Sept. 6, at 11:59 p.m.

Roadway improvement projects are in place throughout Alabama. Lowered speed limits may remain in place in those areas due to roadway surface changes or the presence of construction material.

ALDOT suggests following these guidelines to keep yourself and others safe during holiday travel:

  • Don’t tailgate.  Maintain a safe distance from the vehicle ahead.
  • Slow down and pay attention. Speeding makes it difficult to stop when approaching slow are stopped traffic.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seat belt. Surviving a crash is much more likely when wearing a seat belt. 

More safe driving tips are available on the Drive Safe Alabama Facebook page.

Motorists planning their holiday travel route can find Alabama traffic and road condition information at www.ALGOtraffic.com or by downloading the ALGO Traffic app. ALDOT asks motorists to use ALGO Traffic responsibly. Drivers should never text, tweet, or use a mobile device while operating a vehicle.