Are you taking advantage of the last long weekend of summer to take a Labor Day weekend road trip? Many people choose to celebrate the unofficial end of summer by traveling somewhere for the long weekend. Whether it is to the beach or to the mountains, Labor Day weekend will see an increase in motorists. Fresno drivers should be especially careful when travelling during Labor Day weekend.

Things you can do to protect yourself and your family while traveling on Labor Day weekend include:

Avoid Distractions While Driving

Distracted driving has become a huge problem in Fresno and throughout the United States. As more people use electronic devices while driving, the number of distracted driving accidents continues to rise. Furthermore, vehicles with more sophisticated features, even the features intended to help reduce distractions (i.e. voice commands) also remove the driver’s attention from the road. While you are traveling this Labor Day weekend, reduce your distractions to avoid a collision.

Watch Out For Drunk Drivers?

A holiday weekend increases your risk of being involved in a DUI accident. Law enforcement offices increase their efforts to stop impaired drivers; however, there is a limit to what law enforcement agencies can do. If you see a driver weaving in and out of traffic, crossing the center line, driving slower than necessary, or driving erratically, drop back to place additional distance between you and the vehicle. Contact law enforcement to report the suspected drunk driver.

Don’t Drive While Drowsy Or Fatigued

It is understandable to want to pack in as much entertainment and attractions as possible during your Labor Day weekend trip. However, this can cause you to be very tired for the trip home. Driving while fatigued or drowsy increases your risk of a traffic collision. Try to get a good night’s sleep the night before driving home and share the driving responsibility with another adult. Take frequent breaks on long road trips.

Pack An Emergency Kit

You never want to think about an emergency while on the road; however, it does happen. The best way to protect yourself and protect your family is to be prepared. The American Red Cross has an excellent checklist and tips for preparing an emergency preparedness kit. They also have helpful tips, including a list of items you should pack in your vehicle before leaving on a road trip.

Schedule A Tune-Up

Keeping safe on the road begins with maintaining your vehicle. Before leaving on a road trip, schedule a tune-up. Always check your tires, windshield wipers, fluid levels, lights, hoses, and brakes before leaving on any trip.

Buckle Up

California’s seat belt laws require adults wear seat belts and children be secured in approved safety seats at all times. Avoid paying a fine and lower your risk of traumatic injuries by wearing your seat belt. If you do not know whether your child safety seat is installed correctly, take your vehicle to a free inspection station to have your child safety seat inspected by a trained technician.

Call An Experienced Fresno Car Accident Attorney

If you are injured in a traffic collision, do not trust the insurance company for the other driver to protect your best interest. Contact the personal injury attorneys of Torem & Associates by calling 1-800-954-4444. You may also chat with a representative online or use our convenient online contact form to schedule a free consultation.