Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest weekends on the road – and one of the deadliest. The national drunk-driving enforcement crackdown, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over“, will be held from Aug. 13 to Sept. 1. During this time, law enforcement officials will focus their attention on impaired drivers. You can bet car insurance companies will be watching too.
Labor Day weekend is always a 3.25-day weekend consisting of Friday evening, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday. In 2014, the holiday period runs from 6:00 p.m. Friday, August 29, to 11:59 p.m. Monday, September 1.
To enjoy your Labor Day travels worry-free, advance planning is a must – for your peace of mind and safety. Here are tips to help make the most out of your long weekend:
Prepare Your Car
Check the following:
• Radiator coolant
• Brake fluid
• Windshield washier fluid
• Tire pressure
• Emergency kit
o Jumper wires
o Tire gauge
o Tool kit with wrenches and screwdrivers
o Duct tape, rags and an emergency stop sign
• First-aid kit
• Water bottles
• Energy bars
• Leave early (Saturday morning or before rush hour on Friday).
• If driving on Labor Day, hit the road before 4:00 p.m. or after 10:00 p.m.
• Plan your route, program your GPS
• Check online to see if the route you’re planning to take has scheduled repairs so you can search for alternatives
• If you are drinking, do not drive
• If you plan to drink, designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation, such as a taxi
• Your best defense against a drunk driver is wearing your safety belt, so buckle up
In addition to impaired driving, there are other dangers to be aware of. Courtesy of the National Safety Council, follow these additional tips to stay safe:
• Establish and enforce a driver’s distraction-free zone, especially in cars equipped with electronic devices including cell phones, video games and global positioning systems
• Make sure all passengers are buckled up and children are in age-appropriate safety seats
• Allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
• Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather
Are you planning on traveling this Labor Day? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below.