If you’re driving this Labor Day weekend, we have news for you: you’ll have more company than ever. There will be almost 30 million people on the road travelling 50 miles or more. That’s the most travelers since 2008.
Why so many people? A recovering economy is one reason. Consumer spending and confidence are up, and when they have more money in their pockets, Americans tend to drive more. Comparatively low gas prices — the lowest since 2010 — also contribute to the rush of car travel.
Now for the bad news. People mean traffic, and traffic means danger. If this year is anything like last year, some 400 people will die on the roads this weekend. Tens of thousands will be injured. Numbers like that are the reason that Labor Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times to drive.
So, if you are one of the 30 million who are off on a car vacation this weekend, be wary out there. Increased congestion, including many more drivers driving on unfamiliar roads, means there is more to watch out for. Please follow a few common sense driving practices:
- Don’t drink. Police will be out in force, participating in drunk driving crackdowns all over the country.
- Don’t speed.
- Don’t text, talk on the phone, or otherwise let yourself be distracted from the task of driving.
At LifeSafer we’ve got just one thing on our agenda: keeping the roads safe. So we’ll be thinking about you. No matter what you’ve planned for this Labor Day, if it involves wheels, please drive carefully at all times.
Have a wonderful weekend. See you back at work.