While many are enjoying the final days of summer with tasty BBQ’s and much-anticipated local fairs, Labor Day weekend always proves to be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year! Over 16 million people will be traveling by air between August 31 and September 6 and even more will be in their cars for last minute get-aways this holiday weekend.
It’s not just Seattle that will be experiencing Labor Day traffic pains–it’s going to be busy all over the state as many will be heading to places like Pullman for football season openers or concerts at The Gorge. Whichever direction you’re heading, the interstates and highways will be buzzing with extra holiday travelers. Learn more here: Labor Day and What You Need to Know Before You Go.
Plan Ahead: Get Connected and Plan Your Route
No one ever looks forward to slow-downs and delays when they’re on the road. Planning your route ahead of time, by looking online for potential road construction areas or accidents blocking traffic, can pay off by saving drive time. Most travel apps and GPS maps will alert you to any changes along your route. Get connected before you get in the car though.
Speaking of useful apps–the American Red Cross has a First Aid App for smart phones and tablets that provides users with expert advice on what to do in case of an emergency. This free app is available on the Apple iTunes or Google Play stores and at redcross.org/mobileapps. You’ll be carrying a wealth of information on what to do in the event of an emergency right at your fingertips!
What to Take With You
Pack extra water and snacks; a car emergency kit that includes a tire gauge, jumper cables, emergency flares, and a flashlight in case something happens and/or you need to alert others on the road that you could use some extra help. If you are towing a camper or trailer, make sure you also carry tools, like wrenches and screwdrivers, for repairs. The rule of thumb is Always Be Prepared!
Avoid Trouble by Wear Your Seat Belt
While many view Labor Day as their last chance to enjoy spending time outdoors with friends and family, it’s important to never take a vacation from SAFETY! Before you go, make sure that you’ve informed someone who is not traveling with you where you are going and when you will be returning.
- Wear Your Seat Belt. Generally, we do a good job with buckling up, with only 13% of motorists that are not using their vehicle’s safety restraint system. But of those 13%–they make up 45% of the fatalities on the road. Snap it. Click it. Buckle it. However you do it—the statistics will be in your favor!
- Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. If there’s alcohol and drinking with your social gatherings, let someone else drive or adjust your departure time to ensure that everyone is sober and well-rested before getting on the road. A little extra time won’t matter in the long-run and could possibly save a life. http://www.nsc.org/Connect/NSCNewsReleases/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=1f2e4535%2D5dc3%2D45d6%2Db190%2D9b49c7229931&ID=66&Web=36d1832e%2D7bc3%2D4029%2D98a1%2D317c5cd5c625
Safety Tips to Prevent Auto Accidents this Labor Day
Driving with distractions can be dangerous. Don’t let Labor Day traffic pains cause you to take your eyes off the road.
- Follow the speed limit and road signs.
- Look out for large trucks and trailers.
- Stop for quick breaks or a walk to beat fatigue.
- Be Patient! Enjoy the time spent with friends or family.
If you or someone you love has been injured in an auto accident or travel-related accident, don’t hesitate to contact Fielding Law Group today for help.
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