Labor Day weekend includes many people traveling by car. Unfortunately, a lot of accidents occur over this holiday, resulting in numerous injuries and fatalities. We can all do our part to prevent these tragedies by actively working to be better motorists. First familiarize yourself with some of the most common causes of holiday crashes:
Drunk driving is always a problem, but rates of drunk driving tend to increase during holidays, especially long weekends. Unfortunately, there’s not really anything you can do about the choices of other motorists. But you can do your part by pledging to not drive under the influence. Plan your trip so there is no chance of you needing to drive if you are celebrating with alcoholic drinks.
Distracted driving is widespread, particularly as it relates to use of electronic devices while driving. Before your trip, put your phone on silent and out of sight so you won’t be tempted by calls or message alerts. If you are traveling with others, ask them to be in charge of electronic device needs. Note that there are other things distracting to drivers, including arguments with passengers, eating behind the wheel and adjusting audio controls.
Driving while tired is an often overlooked cause of car accidents. Drowsiness feels so commonplace, but it can be deadly when you’re behind the wheel. In addition to the risk of nodding off, remaining awake but fatigued affects your ability to make good judgments and slows your reaction time. Prioritize getting plenty of sleep the night before, and take turns driving with your companions if possible.
Impatience and Road Rage
No one likes traffic. Four-day weekends like Labor Day involve heavy traffic and congested roads. It’s normal to feel frustrated. But high emotions can cause you to take chances that can lead to a crash. Mentally prepare yourself for the slowdown so that you aren’t tempted to tailgate or drive recklessly.
Although there is no way to eliminate the risk of an accident, you can reduce your risk by doing your part to be a safer driver. Labor Day weekend is a great time to get out on the road with friends and family members, exploring our great country during the waning days of summer. With a little extra caution and preparation, you can do a lot to prevent crashes. In addition to the things listed above, you should prepare your vehicle for an extended road trip. Check your tire pressure, complete any routine maintenance needed. You should also equip your car with a first-aid kit, drinking water and a few high-calorie snacks in case of a breakdown.