For many, Labor Day marks the official end of summer. Kids head back to school and the college and NFL football seasons officially kick off. Many of us take this as an opportunity to plan one final family vacation or host a barbecue with friends and family to commemorate the holiday.

Millions of drivers will take to the roads this upcoming holiday weekend, which will be one of the busiest travel weekends of the year and unfortunately, one of the deadliest. From 2009 to 2013, there were 1,968 traffic crash fatalities during Labor Day weekend.

Below are some helpful tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this Labor Day:

Plan Ahead

  • Have a full check-up done on your vehicle before traveling. Make sure your vehicle’s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure are all up to date.
  • Ensure that everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled up, including those in the back seat. Make sure all children are properly secured in child safety seats.
  • Give yourself plenty of travel time to avoid frustration during road closures, delays or bad weather.
  • Look ahead at weather forecasts to best plan your travel route.
  • Create a car safety kit with basic items like jumper cables, a first aid kit, a blanket, flashlight, extra batteries, and water.

Be Rested and Alert

  • Make sure you are well-rested before traveling. Drowsy or tired driving can be extremely dangerous and can result in a crash.
  • Obey all traffic signals and speed limits. Remember there will be additional law enforcement keeping a strict watch over the holiday weekend.
  • Pay special attention to emergency signals and traffic patterns. If you see an emergency vehicle approaching, always MOVE OVER and SLOW DOWN.

Avoid Distractions

  • Do not text and drive. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of car accidents.
  • Refrain from eating and other activities that take your attention away from the road.
  • If you must make a phone call, adjust your GPS device or do anything else that requires your full concentration, pull off the road to a safe location, first.
  • Never drink and drive.

Drive Defensively

  • Always err on the side of caution, especially during inclement weather.
  • Give yourself adequate space between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. Follow the “two-second” rule to avoid tailgating the driver in front of you.
  • Be aware of other vehicles around you, on all sides.
  • Do not rely on only your mirrors when changing lanes. Turn your head and check your blind spots before changing lanes.

Be Safe This Labor Day Weekend!

At the Law Firm of Michael T. Gibson, P.A., we want you to stay safe this Labor Day weekend. Car accidents and pedestrian accidents often occur during this time as a result of intoxicated and reckless drivers on Florida roadways. If you or a loved one have been involved in a car accident, it is important that you contact an experienced Orlando Auto Accident Lawyer immediately. Our experienced team of accident attorneys can help you obtain compensation for medical bills, future medical treatment, loss of wages, pain and suffering, etc. Feel free to fill out our quick contact form on our website to discuss your legal options in greater detail.


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