Labour Day Driving Can Be Stressful
The last long weekend of the summer, Labour Day is one of the busiest weekends on the roadways. If you are planning to travel this holiday weekend, plan ahead and be prepared to ensure you and your family have a safe and enjoyable trip. Young Drivers of Canada is suggesting some Labour Day driving tips that will ensure that you have a great Labour Day holiday weekend.
Get Your Vehicle Ready For a Roadtrip
Nothing ruins a holiday weekend road trip than being stuck on the side of the road because your car has mechanical difficulties. Before you head out this Labour Day, take your vehicle into your mechanic for a routine check. Ensure fluids are topped up and the engine and radiator are in good working order. Ensure the brakes and steering wheel are working correctly. Tires should be inflated to their correct tire pressure. Properly inflated tires will provide better gas mileage and a smoother ride for everyone!
Every vehicle should also have an emergency car kit. A kit should include at the minimum a flashlight, a tool kit, an emergency stop sign, a tire gauge, jumper cables and the multi-purpose duct tape. Include a first-aid kit, a blanket for warm and some non-perishable food products such as energy bars in the event you will be stuck for a time period.
Avoid Driving While Drowsy
One of the main reasons collisions occur is driver fatigue. This is especially true when it comes to driving home after a long weekend. For many drivers, the weekend will include having fun, drinking, overeating and going to bed late. Drivers should not drink and drive under any circumstance. If a driver is feeling drowsy at the wheel, head to a rest stop or suggest another driver make the journey. Drowsy driving is distracted driving.
Avoid The Labour Day Traffic Chaos
Leave early and avoid the rush and traffic gridlock. If possible leave early Saturday morning rather than late Friday night. If you are planning on driving on Labour Day, follow the same pattern. Most drivers want to take in the most of the holiday weekend and return home in the early evening on Labour Day. If you are planning on doing this, remember that becoming agitated in traffic is not the solution for ensuring you arrive home safely. If possible, plan an alternate route. Avoid road construction zones if possible but most importantly, plan for additional driving time. Managing your journey can ensure your temperament remains positive when it comes to driving.
Young Drivers of Canada would like to remind all drivers to stay safe this holiday weekend. Drivers are encouraged to practice road safety. The roads are meant to be shared with other drivers, motorcycles, and cyclists. Driving is a privilege and not a right. Have a driving safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and remember it’s Back to School on Tuesday!