Exercising Caution Throughout the Labor Day Holiday
Labor Day falls on the first Monday in September and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers, paying tribute to the contributions that workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of the US.
However, while Labor Day celebrates US workers’ role in our society and economy, it comes with a lethal counterpart.
The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) deems Labor Day as one of the deadliest times on the road. It reports that during the 2017 Labor Day weekend, 376 people died in traffic accidents, with 36% of those crashes involving a DUI. What’s also frightening is that the National Safety Council (NSC) estimates 390 people may die on U.S. roads on this year’s Labor Day weekend.
Unfortunately, Florida is among the top deadliest states for driving during this federal holiday. In 2017, 35 fatal car crashes were reported, ranking it among the top three deadliest states to get behind the wheel during Labor Day weekend. Luckily, these fatalities may be prevented by understanding how to prepare for the long weekend.
Drive Safely on Labor Day Weekend
Considering that Labor Day is one of the busiest holiday travel weekends of the year, it’s in your best interests to follow the safe driving tips below to better avoid a vehicle collision:
- Ensure your vehicle is equipped for long-distance driving: Check your wipers, fluids, radiator, cooling system and tires, to name some, to ensure they are in good condition for driving.
- Plan ahead: Map out your route ahead of time. Input your destination’s address into a GPS that you can safely use while driving. Waze, Google Maps and MapQuest are reliable navigation apps that you can consider.
- Do not cut drivers off: It sounds like common sense, but cutting people off on the road is not only risky but also deadly. Larger, heavier vehicles like SUVs, pick-up trucks and commercial vehicles take longer to stop. Use your turn signal, look behind your shoulder and give ample time for the other drivers to adjust before getting into their lane.
- Leave early: Holiday travel is not fun. When drivers wait in traffic for long enough, you will likely notice that they get more aggressive and irritable. Further, you don’t want to feel tired and exhausted from waiting in heavy holiday congestion for so long. Avoid this hurdle by leaving early so you can arrive at your destination safely.
- Get plenty of sleep: As mentioned, the last thing you should feel while operating a motor vehicle is tired. You can best avoid a collision by getting enough sleep, allowing you to feel sharp, alert and safe on the road.
- Bring snacks and water: As you may already know, Florida is notoriously hot and humid, with its average temperatures exceeding 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Stay hydrated by drinking water and fuel up with snacks; you will thank yourself later.
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