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Labor Day Travel Tips

By Shannon Pierce

Labor Day travels can be long, stressful, tiring, and even dangerous. Think of all the people on the road rushing to get to their destination after a long week of work. Think of all the people rushing home on Monday after a weekend of partying and vacationing. Tired, moody, and sunburn folks can make for a sour recipe on the road.  Here are a few ways to ensure that your trip goes smoothly.

 

First, plan out your route. Talk with your passengers about which are the best roads to take and print out directions in case someone needs to take the wheel in a pinch, or in case your phones or GPS dies after long hours on the road. It may sound old school, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Plan out your bathroom breaks and your stops and make sure that someone from back home knows where you are traveling too.

 

Pack your car appropriately.  Always have the proper tools to change a flat. Pack an emergency kit, a first aid kit, a blanket, waters, and energy bars in case you are ever stranded for a while.  Fail to plan, plan to fail. In warm summer months, make sure to pack a cooler with plenty of ice and beverages to keep you cool in case you are at a stand still in traffic.

 

Watch out for big trucks.  They often have a hard time stopping if you cut in front of them and they have many blind spots.  Be sure to give them the space they need on the road. Remember that if you can’t see the driver’s mirror, they probably can’t see you.

 

The best strategy is to avoid the mess. Obviously, some traffic is unavoidable, but if you can leave early in the morning instead of mid-day, you may be able to miss some of the madness.  Your smartphones and some GPS’s can let you know where areas are congested and may offer alternate routes. 

 

Make sure your vehicle is prepared. Air up your tires and check your engine. If you need to have a friend or a neighbor to look at it to ensure it’s safe, do so.

 

Hand over the wheel or grab coffee when necessary.  Do not drive if you are feeling sleepy, dizzy, or sick.  All of those symptoms can greatly impact your ability to drive safely. You must be alert. 


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