Whether you are staying home or headed to the beach for one last glimpse of summer, Labor Day weekend means the roads will be busy in town and out on our highways. Everyone wants a safe weekend of great memories and of course no one wants to ever get injured in a car accident. With that being said, here are some reminders for all of the drivers out there that will be out and about over this Labor Day Weekend!
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE
With Uber, Lyft and so many options, there is no excuse for not having a safe time if you are going to be enjoying yourself over this holiday weekend (or at any time for that matter). If you have plans to go out and they involve alcohol, do the safe and responsible thing and plan for how you are going to get home. Whether it is a designated driver, taxi, rideshare, public transit or sleeping on someone’s couch, do whatever it takes to stay safe and not get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you have been enjoying alcohol. Drunk driving accidents are preventable and besides getting hurt or hurting someone else you can destroy your life (career, legal consequences, financial expense) by drinking and driving. Additionally, don’t ride with anyone that has been drinking and don’t let anyone get behind the wheel if you know they have been drinking.
DON’T DRIVE DISTRACTED
Emails, texts and calls can wait until you aren’t driving. It is too easy to reach for the cell phone or focus on your music or even a sandwich if you are behind the wheel. Modern conveniences have just made it that way. Just because you think you can drive safely and text, dial, read, listen, sip, chew, deal with your kids or many of the other distractions that you can encounter, it doesn’t mean that is so. There are apps for your phones that can prevent you from having access to your texts or other content if your car is in motion. Most of them are free and easy to use. Consider getting one. For everything else, you should wait until you are not driving. There is no reason to drive distracted. Stay focused and get there safe.
No one wants to sit in traffic. No one wants to sit on the highway for a broken-down vehicle, road construction or a car accident. That being said, there is not anything you can do about it. If you have the ability to safely take a short cut, that’s fine but getting mad and driving aggressively or impatiently is not going to get you there any sooner or safer. Remember that you should drive responsibly and share the road. Everyone wants to get to their destination in a timely and safe manner. Be calm, follow the rules of the road and you will get there eventually.
A BRIEF CHECKLIST
A few other thoughts and considerations to make before you hit the road:
- Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel. Check your wipers and fluids.
- Plan ahead. Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp.
- Don’t cut in front of large trucks.
- Use a map or GPS.
- Be aware of trucks’ blind spots.
- Look out for motorcycles.
Have a great Labor Day Weekend and be safe!
Holiday weekends are always traffic filled. Even if you don’t leave town, chances are you will be impacted by other folks that are either leaving town or driving through. It is the responsibility of every licensed driver to follow the rules of the road and to do their best to keep themselves, their passengers and other travelers safe as well. Think about some of these things and ask yourself is there anything about your driving that you can improve? Just something to think about it. We wish everyone safe travels this Labor Day Weekend!
If you are injured in an accident, speak to a Charlotte, North Carolina accident attorney today. Reach out to our office and schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation on the phone or in person. We will speak to you at length about your accident and advise you of your potential rights and options. Call today to schedule your consultation and let us assist you in securing the compensation you may be entitled to. (855) 969-5671 Our phones are answered 24/7!
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