It’s here, the last long weekend of summer. Labor Day weekend typically marks the last opportunity of the season to hit the road and seek out the best spot to camp, swim, grill and bid summer farewell. But before you pack up the car for your weekend away, there are a few things to keep in mind!
Labor Day Travel Tips
- Pack the car with care. If you have to drive a considerable distance this Labor Day weekend, be sure to take care and look over your vehicle before you leave. Get an oil change if necessary, check the tires and make sure the car is stocked with a car emergency kit. Also remember to pack your belongings in such a way that everything is secured in place.
- Buckle up! A statistic from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2014 estimated that only 87 percent of vehicle occupants wear seat belts, and the remaining 13 percent of drivers and passengers who did not, accounted for 44.7 percent of the fatalities. No matter how far you’re going, each person (and pet!) in the car needs to buckle up.
- Avoid impaired driving and drivers. This year's nationwide Labor Day Weekend drunk driving prevention mobilization will be in effect from August 18 to September 4. During this period, law enforcement officers will be out in full force to crack down on those who choose to drive while intoxicated. Not only is it critical to remain clear headed when driving on busy holiday roads, you also need to watch out for other potentially impaired drivers.
- Watch for Motorcycles! In general, motorcycles are simply much harder to see than the typical vehicle. And, when drivers are increasingly distracted by their cellphones, radios or passengers, they are even less likely to see a rider. Please remain alert for riders on the road. Also note, if you find yourself in our hometown of Milwaukee during the Labor Day weekend, the Milwaukee Rally will be in full swing with thousands of additional motorcycles on local roads.
We hope that you and your loved ones can benefit from these tips to arrive safely at your end-of-summer fun destination! But in the event that you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of someone else this Labor Day weekend, Hupy and Abraham is here to help. Call us at 800-800-5678, or start a live chat with us anytime at Hupy.com.