AAA is Urging Drivers to Be Safe This Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day Holiday Weekend Marks the Unofficial End of the Summer Vacation Season. 

Amanda Cooper
August 30, 2019 - 4:18 pm
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Today is the start of a fun packed Labor Day holiday weekend and marks the unofficial end of the summer vacation season.  This being one of the most traveled weekends during the summer and AAA is urging drivers to be safe.

Listed below are some travel tips to keep in mind as drivers set out on that last road trip of the summer,

  • Plan ahead. Make sure your vehicle has been properly serviced. Program your navigation before you hit the road. Make sure the battery on your phone is completely charged and have a charger, in case of an emergency. Have an emergency roadside kit in your vehicle.
  • Leave early. To avoid congestion, AAA encourages drivers who have the flexibility, to travel during off-peak hours. Based on prior holiday trends, we know that Friday afternoons are busy days to travel. Traffic is also expected to be heavy late Monday afternoon. 
  • Be patient. Follow the rules of the road as there will be more motorists on the roadways than usual, with many in unfamiliar areas.
  • Stay alert. Be sure to have a good night’s sleep before getting behind the wheel of your vehicle. AAA recommends drivers take breaks every two hours or 100 miles. If you’re feeling drowsy, pull off to a safe location and take a nap.
  • Eliminate distractions. Avoid distractions like texting while driving or reading a text while driving. If you must respond to text or a phone call, pull off to a safe location. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of getting into a crash.
  • Buckle up: Make sure all passengers are buckled up no matter the seat they occupy in the car. This simple action can save lives should you get into a crash.
  • Comply with the Move Over Law. Observe the Move Over Law when law enforcement or emergency vehicles are on the side of the road. Change lanes or slow down to give sufficient clearance. This is the law in all 50 states.
  • Pull out of the traffic lanes if your car breaks down. If faced with a vehicle emergency, safely steer your car off the roadway. Turn on the emergency flashers to alert other drivers and exit the vehicle on the side facing away from traffic if possible. Once everyone is in a safe location, request assistance from a road service provider.

From the entire team here at News and Talk 1380 WAOK we want to wish you a great weekend and want you…Take your time, Plan ahead, and Stay alert!