Holiday weekends mean more cars on the roadways, and this Labor Day weekend will be no different. More vehicles in one place tend to cause more car accidents. Even when traffic flow is minimal, drivers who are excited to start their vacations may take imprudent risks to get to their destinations faster. However, accidents involving drunk driving are also significant on the holiday weekend, as some motorists get behind the wheel after having too many alcoholic beverages.
Since there are various road hazards on Labor Day weekend, many drivers wonder what they can do to keep themselves safe while traveling. Listed below are some helpful tips for drivers.
Wear a Seat Belt
Every driver and passenger should buckle up their seat belt each time they travel by motor vehicle. In the event of a car accident, this single act can protect the occupant and lessen their chance of becoming significantly injured.
Do Not Drive While Impaired
Another important safety rule is to refrain from impaired driving. Substances include recreational or prescription medications as well. Anything that has the potential to dim the senses can be extremely dangerous when a person gets behind the wheel.
Many people associate Labor Day weekend with fun and having a drink. However, that becomes a problem when it is time to get home after a holiday event. Those who plan to enjoy an alcoholic beverage or two should make arrangements to get home with a sober friend or with a rideshare service at the end of the party.
While it can be tempting to speed, pass motorists, or drive in other reckless ways, it is a far better strategy to let unsafe drivers pass. Do not challenge them. It can seem counterintuitive to allow reckless drivers to pass, but attempting to get in their way can backfire and cause an accident.
All drivers should be diligent about keeping their focus on the road. Fiddling with radio controls, programming a navigation system, or communicating on a smartphone are all very common driver distractions that cause serious accidents. It is imperative to avoid all distractions while driving.
Do Not Speed
Many drivers setting out on a long trip are focused on getting to their destination in good time. This rushing can lead to dangerous driving behaviors. Getting to a Labor Day event safely is far more important than driving recklessly and risking one’s health and the safety of others.
Avoid Nighttime Driving
Driving at night can be dangerous for many motorists, especially those who have impaired vision. It may come as no surprise that more accidents happen at night than during the day, especially on holiday weekends.
Taking to the road when the sun is out can make the trip safer. Additionally, driving when it is daytime lessens the chance of a drowsy driving accident. Driving after a good night’s sleep is always a good idea.
Do Not Travel at Peak Traffic Times
On holiday weekends, especially Labor Day weekend, people tend to hit the road for vacation on Friday after work or mid-morning on Saturday. Busy travel times can create traffic jams and frustration, neither of which bode well for avoiding accidents.
It is better to try to leave early afternoon on Friday before rush hour traffic adds to the traffic congestion. Another option is to get started bright and early the next morning to beat the Saturday traffic rush. Additionally, an early start may allow drivers to avoid the sleepiness that might creep up on them later in the day.
Prepare the Vehicle
If a long road trip is planned, make sure the car is up for the drive. Get a mechanic to give the vehicle a once-over, and make sure the brakes and tires are not worn down and that nothing is broken. The steering should be checked, the battery should be tested, and all fluids should be topped off before the trip begins.
Review the Planned Route
Traveling can be exciting and fun, but not knowing the route can be aggravating and even dangerous. Drivers should review the planned route before they start the car’s engine. Having a clear understanding of the roads and exits to take can give drivers a much better chance of avoiding an accident.
If a driver is traveling in an unfamiliar area, they might take a wrong turn, misinterpret a road sign, or become confused by directions. A navigation system or smartphone app can help, but these can be distracting as well. If the driver needs to review directions, they should have a passenger do it for them. If that is not possible, they should safely pull over.
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