Labor Day weekend is right around the corner. Many people will be taking off to see family and friends, heading out to the lake or to BBQs. It’s a 3-day weekend with no other purpose than to rest from labor and have fun. And relaxing fun is what Americans seem to do on this holiday. In fact, they do so much indulging in such that Labor Day is the fourth deadliest holiday for drunk driving! According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 40% of traffic deaths during the 2015 Labor Day holiday weekend involved alcohol, with 23% involving drivers with a BAC of 0.15+.
While we certainly do not want to dampen anyone’s good time, we do want to share 7 travel tips for a safe Labor Day Weekend:
- Do not drink and drive. This should go without saying, yet Labor Day is of the holidays that typically sees much more DUIs than normal.
- Get your car in shape. Do a routine check of your car’s fluids, check the tires, and ensure your vehicle is ready to make the trip. Be sure to keep an emergency kit in the trunk with water, a flashlight, maybe some energy bars and blankets. You may find these tips on sanitizing your car handy as well.
- Keep your cell phone charged. Keep a charged cell phone with you so you can call for help if necessary. Bring along your charger just in case.
- Plan your route. Use your GPS or cell app to check roads for closures. Try to avoid heavy traffic areas.
- Allow extra drive time to your destination. With more vehicles on the road then normal traveling, it is expected that the trip will take longer. Be patient and plan to leave early if necessary. Note: Friday after 3 PM and Monday after 3 PM are the peek driving times on the roads during this holiday weekend.
- Buckle up. Risk of serious injury or death in a car accident is substantially reduced for those who wear seat belts. Plus, who wants to get a ticket for not wearing their seat belt on their holiday weekend?
- Don’t excessively speed. Speed kills or at the very least it increases your risk of being in an accident. Moreover, in accidents with injury or fatalities, speed is usually a factor.
Have fun this weekend but remember to keep your head on straight so that you don’t find your wonderful holiday weekend turning into your worst nightmare experience. Drive safe and keep your eyes out for those around you on the roads. We hope you have a fun and safe weekend. If you do have an unfortunate accident, know we are here and estimates are always free. Safe travels friends!