For many of us, Labor Day marks the end of summer. Many Americans love to take advantage of the longer weekend to squeeze out small and fun getaway. Whether you are planning to stay in the Bay Area or not for the holiday, you can anticipate packed traffic.
To keep you and your loved ones safe this Labor Day, the team at Taylormade Automotive has compiled the following driving safety tips:
- Buckle up – A basic rule that you should already be practicing anyway, but we thought we'd share the reminder!
- Avoid driving with fatigue – Make sure you get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks on long road trips.
- Put the cell phone down and away – Cell phone usage is at the top of the list when it comes to distracted driving. If you need to send a text, make a call, or read instructions, pull over or get help from another passenger.
- Don't drink and drive - You may partake in some celebratory fun, but make sure you drink responsibly. Always have a designated driver planned ahead.
- Depart early if you can - The roads are likely to be way less crowded in the early morning.
- Map your route - Look at the map beforehand and evaluate alternative routes.
- Fill up - Fill up the gas tank early on so you don't have to sit in line at the gas pump.
- Pack an emergency kit for the road - Don't forget to include the essentials: car charger, flashlight, a first-aid kit, tire pressure gauge jumper cables, car fluids, emergency flares or reflectors, spare tire kit, etc.
- Inspect your vehicle: Check your tires, batteries, and fluid levels before you embark on a long trip.
We want to keep you safe for the holidays -- if you need a vehicle inspection, feel free to bring your car to the experts at Taylormade Automotive. We can check all your vehicle's vital systems to ensure you're safe to be on the road.