BASTROP, Texas. Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest in terms of traffic, and with traffic fatalities increasing, this weekend is looking to be a deadly one for American drivers. According to Forbes, 7.2% more people died in 2015 than in 2014, putting an end to an almost 50 year trend of traffic fatalities on the decline. The National Safety Council’s estimates suggest that Labor Day weekend could be particularly deadly. The council estimates that 438 people will be killed on roads over the holiday weekend. These numbers don’t account for the number of people who may be personally injured on highways and streets.
So, what can you do to avoid becoming a statistic over the Labor Day weekend? Here are some tips:
- Wear your seat belt. The National Safety Council estimates that as many as 170 people’s lives will be saved due to buckling up. Half the people who are killed in car crashes were not wearing their seat belts.
- Make sure your car is road worthy. According to USA Today, you should check the engine, tires, and make sure windshield wiper fluid has been replaced. Every car should also have an emergency kit, which includes jumper cables, flashlight, tool kit, duct tape, rags, and a stop sign. A first aid kit and a blanket are also always good to carry as well.
- Pack snacks and water. If you do happen to get stranded, you’ll be glad you packed snacks and water, especially if temperatures are hot.
- Don’t drive while drowsy. Plan your trip appropriately. Make sure you have enough time to make it home and to your destination and don’t overestimate how long you’ll be able to drive before getting tired. Plan to alternate drivers or stop for a nap if you get sleepy. Drowsy driving can lead to accidents. If you will travel for long distances, consider taking an extra day off work and plan to drive early Friday morning rather than during rush hour.
- Don’t drink and drive. Labor Day parties may involve drinking. If you plan to drink, find an alternate way home.
- Don’t text and drive. Texting and driving leads to many accidents every year. Even a short glimpse at your phone can take your attention away from the road. With more traffic on the highway, this can be deadly. Have a friend or family member plot your route on GPS or respond to texts.
Labor Day weekend driving can be safe if everyone does their part. Unfortunately, not all drivers follow the law. If you find yourself in a car accident, a personal injury lawyer in Bastrop, Texas may be able to help protect your rights and fight to help you get the recovery you may deserve. Visit www.lukedow.com to learn more. The Luke Dow Law Firm are car accident lawyers in Bastrop, Texas who wish drivers a safe Labor Day weekend.