As families and individuals travel this Labor Day weekend, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Governor's Traffic Safety Committee offer the following tips for safe trips.
Share the Road - As college students arrive, streets and roads are peak congestion. Remember to take special care in watching for bicycles and pedestrians, motorcycles, agricultural vehicles, and moving trucks. Several main routes remain under construction. Go slow and heed signs and flaggers.
Fatigue - When taking a long trip, make sure to get enough sleep ahead of time. Schedule enough time to take frequent breaks, at least every two hours. Share driving tasks, and plan to stay overnight if necessary.
Distracted Driving - According to NHTSA, nearly 80 percent of crashes and 65 percent of near-crashes involve some form of driver distraction. The most obvious forms of distraction are cell phone use, texting while driving, eating, drinking, talking with passengers, and using in-vehicle technologies and portable electronic devices. When sharing driving tasks, set down some safety rules with co-drivers before hitting the road. These rules should include refraining from activities.. When driving alone, check maps, messages, tunes and temperature controls when the vehicle is stopped.
Buckle Up - Anyone aboard a vehicle must agree to wear seat belts whenever they are riding or driving in a vehicle. Buckling up is a way to essentially double chances of surviving a crash. Wearing a seat belt is also the best defense against a drunk-driver. Driving - All 50 states and the District of Columbia have made it illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. Alcohol impaired (.08 or higher BAC) crashes accounted or nearly one out of three highway deaths on U.S. roads in 2010. During Labor Day weekend that same year, 147 people were killed in crashes that involved drivers or motorcycle riders who were legally intoxicated. Over half (53 percent) of the impaired drivers killed that weekend were aged 18 to 34 years old. Be responsible and don¹t drink and drive.