The roads will be packed this weekend with people traveling home from their Fourth of July vacations. AAA predicts close to two million Carolinians are on the roads traveling. More people on the road mean more stress for emergency responders. When it comes to pulling over, whether to let an emergency vehicle pass or for an emergency in your own car, Pender County EMS technician Clay Jasper said, "Please pull to the right. If the area's not safe the other best thing to do would be just stop and let us do our defensive driving to get around you." Jasper says when you need to get over, put your flashers on and get to the right shoulder quickly. Jasper asks that you keep alert when driving and constantly look in your mirrors. "It's frustrating when you finally get one to pull over and you notice they have their window down and you know they hear you," Jasper said. "That's to me the most frustrating." Talking on your cell phone when driving is a distraction that may prevent you from noticing the flashing lights. Officers say it can also cause an accident. Burgaw Police Officer Robert Deal said, "Every stop light at least one's on the phone and several of the wrecks I've had whoever was at fault was on the phone." The bottom line is to minimize distractions when driving and be aware of what's going on around you on the road. Another tip is to not panic and slam on your brakes or jerk the wheel when you see flashing lights. That could do more harm than good, causing an accident with the emergency vehicle behind you.
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