8/29/2012 1:30 AM

Labor Day Weekend Safe Driving Tips

The National Safety Council has estimated that 400 traffic fatalities will occur over the holiday weekend with an additional 38,800 resulting in injuries. With the upcoming holiday, millions of drivers are taking to the road.  Here are some tips to help you stay safe:

~Make sure you are rested before driving. Tired drivers are a hazard to themselves and to those around them and mistakes can be made in judgment. 

~Wear a seatbelt. Make sure everyone else in the car is also buckled up. 

~Remember the two-second rule and don’t tailgate. Keeping a safe distance between your car and the car in front of you can help prevent an accident. 

~Obey traffic signals and speed limits. Be aware that police officers will be out to ensure that everyone is obeying traffic laws. 

~Don’t drink and drive. 

~Don’t text and drive. 

~Pay attention to emergency signals. If you see an emergency vehicle lights flashing, move over and slow down. 

~Enforce a driver’s distraction free zone. This holds true for cars equipped with devices such as phones, video games, and GPS. 

~Allow plenty of travel time to avoid being frustrated. 

~Exercise caution and drive defensively, especially during inclement weather.  Before you hit the road, it’s also a good idea to create a car safety kit. This should include a blanket, flashlight, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, and non-perishable foods. Also, be sure to give your car a checkup to make sure your car is able to go the distance without breaking down. Finally, check the weather conditions from your starting point to the destination. You may need extra time during bad weather.                       

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