2011 Safety Tip
DRIVING TIPS FOR
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
sure you’re well rested before traveling. Tired drivers are not
only a hazard to themselves and those in their vehicle, but by falling
asleep or being less alert, mistakes can be made in judgment when driving.
sure everyone is properly buckled up. This applies to every person in
the car, including back seat and rear seats in mini vans. Seat belts
prevent serious inquiries and deaths. Make sure children are in age
appropriate safety seats, and that they are properly secured.
tailgate and remember the two-second rule when following other vehicles.
Remember to keep a safe distance between your car and the car in front
of you. Also be aware of vehicles on all sides of your car. Don’t
rely on mirrors when changing lanes. Make sure to turn around and check
visually to make sure no cars are in your blind spot.
all traffic signals and speed limits. This is especially true on holiday
weekends. Wherever you’re going you want to make sure you get
there safe. Also, be aware that law enforcement will be out to ensure
that everyone is obeying all speed limits and laws.
drink and drive.
text and drive. Distracted driving is becoming one of the major causes
of accidents. When driving, pull over if you have to make a call, send
a text or do anything that would take your full concentration off of
heed to emergency signals and traffic. When you see an emergency vehicle’s
lights flashing, MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN. If you want to help, it would
be best to call 911 and report the accident.
and enforce a driver’s distraction-free zone. Especially in cars
equipped with electronic devices including cell phones, video games
and global positioning systems
plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and for those extra stops
every traveler has to make.
defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather.
Before You Go:
a car safety kit. Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous
weather. Bad weather can lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays
and road closures. You can prepare for bad weather by creating your
own safety kit. Basics for the kit include a blanket, flashlight with
extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable
foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, family medicine and
emergency telephone numbers.
the car in for a checkup. Breaking down on the side of the road can
definitely put a damper on the holiday spirit. If your car is due for
a checkup, take it in before making that long haul. At the very least,
check the car’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check
the condition of your tires and make sure they are properly inflated.
the Weather. Check local websites for traveling information for states
you will be traveling through and your destination. You may need extra
time for bad weather.