It’s estimated that 29.7 million motorists are prepared to hit the highways this Labour Day Weekend. Len Dubois Trucking wants everyone to arrive at their Labour Day Weekend destination safely. Our team has driven millions of accident free miles, in all types of weather and road conditions, so we’ve asked them for tips to keep you safe on the road.
1. Prepare Your Vehicle for Travel
Completing a pre-trip of your vehicle before you leave on your trip can help prevent many of the problems that strand motorist on the side of the road. Check your tires for wear, tire pressure, wiper blades, lights and fluids to ensure you vehicle is in good working order before you head out this weekend.
2. Plan Ahead
Before you head out, plan your trip. It seems simple enough, but many of us leave without planning the route we are taking. Make sure you know your exits and prepare for the exit well in advance by being in the proper lane. Many accidents are cause by unexpected lane changes.
3. Pack an Emergency Kit
Be prepared for emergencies by packing an emergency kit. You should include a battery powered radio, flashlight, blankets, jumper cables, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, spare tire, and flares. Many people don’t think of packing an emergency kit in the summer, but it’s just as important to have if you get stranded on the side of the road.
4. Be Aware of Trucks on the Highways
Semi trucks have blind spots that not all motorists are aware of. A general rule of thumb to remember when driving near semi trucks is – If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you. Another important safety rule is – Don’t cut in front of large trucks. Semi trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop. When driving at highway speeds a fully loaded tractor trailer takes the length of a football fields and both end zones to come to a complete stop. Give semi trucks the space they need to operate safely on the road.
5. General Safety Tips
Distracted driving is a leading cause of crashes. Looking away for even two seconds doubles the changes of an accident. Keep your eyes on the road and pay attention to the traffic around you. It is suggested that you should be looking ahead and behind at least a quarter of a mile to help you identify problems before they happen and give yourself time to find a safe way to avoid an incident. Also, use your signals, and give ample warning to other motorists when changing lanes.
Be responsible and respective of the other motorists on the highways this Labour Day Weekend and help ensure that everyone arrives at their destination safely.