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Safety Driving Tips in Lieu of Fatal Accidents

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With the cause of the deadly I-77 crash still under investigation, it still leaves chills for some people, who were on their daily commute on the interstate at the time.

"I travel this thing every day, 5 days a week. And there's a lot of people that swerve in and out, and they're not conscious at all," said driver David Price.

"We aren't very far from the accident, so we may have missed it by a couple minutes," said semi-truck driver John Reynolds. "The main thing is to thank the Good Lord above for keeping me safe."

Reynolds was among many in the five-hour long deadlock, wondering how this could have been a second accident for him.

"It really scares you," Reynolds said. "It's a panic attack - just trying to drive."

Paying attention to weather conditions, allowing more time to drive, and controlling road rage are among many tips to preventing such accidents. Overall, state trooper Alan Christian believes the best driving is defensive driving.

"A lot of accidents are unavoidable," Christian said. "You don't have a lot of time. They're split second things. If you're driving defensively, not offensively, you could avoid a lot of that."

No matter what you do to try and avoid a wreck of any kind, the key to staying safe is staying alert.

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