Labor Day weekend is right around the corner, and as we prepare to celebrate the American workers it’s important to remember that holiday weekends are some of the most dangerous days to be on the road. Everyone wants to kick back and enjoy one last big summer party before the Autumn winds start to blow, but too much fun can lead to some seriously unsafe situations.
Here are a few basic tips that can help you make it safely to your destination without any extra stress.
Plan Your Route
Finding the right route to travel with your cargo can go a long way towards ensuring smooth sailing. Learning the ins and outs of route planning is an important skill for drivers, and it’s a skill that can be put to the test on holiday weekends. Make sure to avoid areas that are likely to be heavily congested so you can avoid spending hours sitting in traffic. It’s also important to be aware of where you can safely and conveniently park your truck along your route to avoid ending up without a good place to grab a bite, freshen up, or spend the night.
Take a Break From Distractions
Everybody knows that driving long hours can be a little but dull at times, but thankfully there are a lot of entertainment options with music, the radio, and podcasts to keep you entertained on the road.
But this Labor Day weekend, remember that just because you’re prepared, sober, and professional on the road doesn’t mean all your neighbors will be — so take a break from some of your more entertaining distractions to keep a vigilant eye on the road ahead and the other vehicles around you. Staying aware can help ensure you and the other drivers around you have a safe weekend.
No Need For Speed
Sometimes just the stress of being caught in holiday weekend traffic can make you want to push that pedal a little further down than usual once the road opens up to make up for lost time. Slowing down might seem like the last thing you would want to do after being stuck in traffic, but it makes your job and the roads a much safer place. If we all work together this Labor Day we can help ensure that everyone makes it to their destinations safely.