Hotdogs, hamburgers, sunshine, and most importantly, a three day weekend. Only a few of the reasons why I love Labor Day. Sure, it also means winter is inching closer, but let’s not think about that just yet! The sunshine and warm weather is still upon us, and a few beach days are in our future. So, with Labor Day being a big travel holiday, here are some ways to be sure you have a great time this weekend, but most importantly, stay safe out on the road.
Give your car a check!
The last thing you want is to break down on the road. The warm days are limited; don’t let your car ruin them.
- Check your engine, radiator and fluids
- Be sure your tires have the proper air pressure
- Keep an emergency kit in your car – just in case!
Give yourself a check!
- Wear your seatbelt. It seems obvious, but you would be surprised at how many people don’t do something so simple!
- Put those phones away in the car! If you need a GPS, give it to a passenger to handle.
- Be sure children are properly buckled.
- Get some sleep! Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as distracted driving. If you are tired, have someone else drive.
- Don’t drink and drive! Not only is Law Enforcement doing double duty over this holiday weekend, you want to keep yourself, and your passengers safe. Just don’t do it.
Be patient and plan ahead!
Allow yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. Check the traffic BEFORE you leave. You may find there is a better, less congested route. Remember, it is a holiday weekend. Plan for it to be busy, and just stay calm out on the road. The last thing you want is to be involved in a road rage incident.
Keeping these simple tips in mind should ensure the success of your weekend. Just remember:
- Be sure your car is working properly. If anything needs to be replaced, do it before hitting the road.
- Take car of yourself and your passengers. Always drive safely!
- Be prepared to sit in some traffic and allow yourself some extra time to get to your destination.
So, enjoy the sunshine, food, family, and that three day weekend! After all, Labor Day only comes around once a year!