For most people, Labor Day means a road trip to celebrate the final days of warm weather with family and friends. This year, AAA predicts the most Labor Day travelers on the road since 2008!
Unfortunately, this travel busy holiday also means an increase in car accidents. According to the National Safety Council (NCS), about 395 people will be killed and another 42,300 will be injured in car crashes during Labor Day weekend. Of those, NCS estimates 144 lives could be saved if all drivers and their passengers simply wear seat belts.
Don’t be a statistic:
- Don’t drink and drive: Designate a non-drinking driver or plan for alternative transportation
- Take your time: Allow plenty of extra travel time to avoid frustration and diminish the impulse to speed
- Turn it off: Drivers should avoid using cell phones and changing GPS while driving
- Buckle up: Make sure all passengers use their seat belts and children are in car seats appropriate for their age/size
- Be Defensive: Drive defensively, check your blind spots and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather