This Labor Day weekend, millions of Americans will head toward their end-of-summer getaways for adventure or rest before the back-to-school season begins in earnest. Unfortunately, the number of car accidents will keep pace with Labor Day enthusiasm.
Each Labor Day weekend sees an increase in car accidents across the U.S. It is estimated by the National Safety Council that over 400 car accident fatalities will take place this Labor Day weekend, along with over 40,000 predicted car accident injuries.
You should not forgo a vacation or end-of-summer getaway because of fear of being in an accident, but not taking precautions can increase the chances of being in one. It is critical that drivers heading out for this upcoming holiday weekend to review how to avoid a Labor Day Car Accident.
What Causes More Accidents During Labor Day Weekend?
Labor Day is one of the busiest travel times of the year. With more traffic comes more accidents. Summer holidays are notorious for lazy days spent lying back and relaxing – often with alcohol. The National Safety Council estimates that car accidents caused by drunk driving will significantly increase this coming Labor Day weekend. Drunk driving is a major cause of summertime car accidents every year, yet alcohol-related car accident fatalities never cease to exist.
More teenagers will be on the road during the summer, including Labor Day Weekend. The National Highway Traffic Safety attributes teenager drivers’ higher rate of car accident fatalities to their lack of driving skills, experience, and maturity. Teenage drinking only adds to the problem.
Sleep deprivation is a serious problem for drivers, especially during Labor Day Weekend when many drivers are thrown off their regular schedules. According to a report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, drivers who miss one to two hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk of being in a car accident.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car accidents. Having to deal with antsy passengers, traffic, and an unfamiliar environment are enough on their own to cause a major distraction. Using technology, such as cell phones or tablets, only exacerbates the problem.
What Are Some Safety Tips for Driving During Labor Day Weekend?
Staying safe on the road starts with adequate preparation. Map out your route ahead of time, and make sure to get enough sleep before you drive. If you are on medication, check the warning label for possible side effects, such as drowsiness or dizziness that may impair your ability to drive.
Check your vehicle before leaving, either by taking it to a mechanic or performing a check on your own. If doing it yourself, check your fluids, tire pressure, belts, and battery. Do not risk driving on faulty brakes or other problems you know about—get them fixed prior to takeoff. You should also bring an emergency kit with you. While on the road, be aware of other drivers around you, especially those who may be driving carelessly or speeding. Wear a seat belt.
Do not drink alcohol while driving, and do not rush to your destination. Stay away from the cell phone or any other high-tech device. Pay attention to the road. If you are tired, pull over or find a place to rest.
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