Tips for Kentucky Drivers to Stay Safe on Labor Day Weekend
The American Automobile Association (AAA) is the most widely known roadside safety organization in the United States. They are a privately held, national membership organization that helps thousands of stranded motorists per year across the country. If there is an organization that knows about holiday travel safety, it’s the AAA.
This Labor Day weekend is predicted to be the most traveled in recent memory due to low gas prices. In Kentucky, this is expected to be no different. Families across the Commonwealth are expected to pack up their cars and make the most of the long holiday weekend. Whether it’s traveling to a lake, to visit family, or just a fun getaway, there is no doubt that anyone traveling this weekend will be dealing with more crowded highways.
AAA has seen how Labor Day effects travel safety simply because of the volume of drivers in search of holiday fun outside of their hometowns. To ensure that you take every precaution to keep you and your family safe, AAA has released Labor Day travel safety tips.
AAA’s Labor Day Travel Tips
- Check gas prices: Continue checking AAA's gas price site (http://gasprices.aaa.com/) for updated information on increases in departure and arrival states.
- Check your vehicle: Check tires, batteries and fluid levels.
- Buckle up. Have everyone in your vehicle wear their seat belts at all times.
- Never drink and drive, and remember, buzzed driving is drunk driving. Plan ahead and have a designated driver or organize a ride if you'll be consuming alcohol.
- Map your route: Plan ahead and map out your travel/seek an alternative route if needed (AAA travel counselors are assisting members at area AAA offices).
- Leave early in the morning to avoid heavier traffic volume.
- Don't drive distracted: Stay focused and eliminate distractions such as cell phones.
- Move over: It is the law in all 50 states. Be mindful of construction and emergency workers on the roads.
- Fill up: Fill up the gas tank to avoid being stranded.
- Have an Emergency Road Kit: Every vehicle should be equipped with a well-stocked emergency kit that includes a mobile phone and car charger, a flashlight with extra batteries, a first-aid kit, a basic toolkit with tire pressure gauge and adjustable wrench, windshield washer solution, jumper cables and emergency flares or reflectors, drinking water, extra snacks and food for travelers and pets.
The Schafer Law Office wishes you and yours a fun and safe Labor Day weekend!