Labor Day weekend is here and millions of drivers will begin taking to the road. It’s a great time to enjoy family, friends and a last summer fling. Better Business Bureau (BBB) serving Central, Coastal, Southwest Texas and the Permian Basin advises drivers to practice safe driving to avoid potential accidents.
A report by AAA Travel projects 34.7 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Labor Day holiday weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2008 and a 1.3 percent increase over 2013. Nearly 86 percent of travelers will celebrate the holiday with a final road trip before summer comes officially comes to a close.
Unfortunately, that influx of travelers on the road means increased risk. The National Safety Council has released traffic fatality information for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, estimating across the country 395 traffic fatalities and nonfatal medically consulted injuries resulting from crashes during the holiday period is 42,300. It’s vital to exercise safe travel when going to your special events, especially while on the road.
BBB provides the following safety tips for your weekend road trips:
- Get some rest. Tired drivers are a hazard to themselves, those in their vehicle and often fatal or devastating mistakes can be made to other drivers on the road.
- Create a car safety kit. It’s a good idea to be prepared for car troubles, long delays and road closures. Basics for a travel kit include: a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, family medicine and emergency telephone numbers.
- Remember the rules of the road. Don’t tailgate and remember the three-second rule when following vehicles. Don’t rely just on mirrors when changing lanes; check your blind spot.
- Watch your speed. Law enforcement will be out to ensure everyone is obeying all speed limits and laws.
- Don’t text and drive. When behind the wheel, pull over if you have to do anything that would take your full concentration off of driving.