Labor Day Weekend is upon us and millions of drivers will be taking to the skies and roads in celebration of the last summer trip before Fall.
With gas prices stabilized and at an all-time low for a holiday weekend, many drivers will be opting to hit the open road. If you are traveling by car, you will want to remember these safety travel tips, according to AAA.
Check your tires. Earlier this summer, AAA published a study that driving on worn tires increases the likelihood of not being able to stop at a safe distance by 43 percent. One of the first things you should always do is a check of your tire tread wear and pressure. Here is a website with instructions on how to check your tire tread.
Maintain. Even if you seldom drive your vehicle the oil could still need to be changed if it’s been sitting for a while. Check oil levels, get them changed or add oil if necessary. Check your coolant and fluid levels and refill as needed. Last but not least, check your windshield wiper blades as well for any wear and tear on the rubber. It’s worth the money for the time and accuracy that it could save you to have these standard services taken care of by a mechanic.
Keep a standard emergency kit in your car make sure it includes the following: jumper cables, a flashlight, and a first aid kit.
Timing is everything when you hit the road on a holiday weekend. Try leaving before 6 am and if your plans are flexible enough consider traveling on Saturday instead of Thursday or Friday before Labor Day. And speaking of timing, if your road trip plans include sleeping while on the road know the signs of highway hypnosis and to get rest and take a break.
Stay safe, pay attention to the road and never drive under the influence or distracted. Wishing everyone a safe and wonderful Labor Day Weekend!