If you’re planning a Labor Day road trip, here are a few tips to keep you safe during your trip!
Before You Go
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. Make an appointment with your local AAA Car Care Center. They can check your battery, engine coolant, tire pressure and other important areas to help ensure a safe drive.
- Map your route in advance. Create your custom TripTik online or order a printed version to be delivered to your door! Designate a passenger to be in charge of directions to avoid the distraction behind the wheel.
- Leave earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic.
- Keep anything of value in the trunk or hidden in the car so it’s not visible through the windows.
- Traveling with children? Remind them not to talk to strangers during pit stops and accompany them to restrooms.
- Download the AAA app before you leave so roadside assistance contact information is easily accessed.
- Keep a cell phone (fully charged) safely secured in your vehicle for emergency calls.
- Don’t forget to pack your mask, hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes!
- Have an emergency kit complete with water, medicine, snacks, jumper cables and a first aid kit.
On the Road
- Never drive distracted. Put the phone away. Also, don’t eat, put on makeup or adjust the navigation system while you’re driving.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Don’t speed.
- Drive according to the weather and road conditions.
- NEVER leave your children or pets in the car, even for a short amount of time. Vehicles heat much quicker and to a temperature much higher than outside.
- Expect heavy traffic and delays. Avoid road rage by using turn signals, maintaining a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you and never engaging in interactions with other drivers. Be patient!
- Never drink and drive or get in a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.
- Always obey the Move Over Law when passing emergency vehicles on the side of the road.
If you encounter rain and wet roads:
- Avoid cruise control (when driving in wet conditions, the chance of losing control of the vehicle increases in cruise control mode).
- Slow down and leave room. Avoid hard braking or turning sharply and give yourself ample stopping distance between cars by increasing the following distance.
- If you feel your car begin to skid, continue to look and steer in the direction in which you want the car to go and avoid slamming on the brakes, as this will upset balance.
For more safe driving tips and resources, visit AAA.com/GoSafety.