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It’s almost time for that last taste of summer sunshine! Labor Day weekend is coming up, which means one more road trip is in order. We have a few tips to help you stay safe, steer clear of a car accident, and have a great time on the road!

Make Sure You’re Well Rested

Driving while tired can be extremely dangerous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that 100,000 accidents a year are directly related to driving while drowsy.

As tempting as it is to power through the night to your destination, make sure you’re not taking any risks with you and your family. Plan to trade driving shifts or get a hotel along the way if you’re traveling a long distance, and get a good sleep before your trip to avoid a potential car accident.

Know Your Route

Get a good idea of where you’re going before you hit the road. If you have a basic understanding of your route, you’ll be less distracted by your GPS, smart phone, map, or highway signs. Stay focused and on top of your next move to avoid dangerous situations like crossing multiple lanes of traffic to get to that exit you didn’t know you needed to take until it was too late.

Having a reliable navigator next to you is helpful too. Stay calm, be patient, and remember that safety is much more important than making good time.

Gear Up

Pack a kit full of items for emergency situations. Chances are you won’t need it, but it is always best to be prepared. According to the NHTSA, here is what you should include:

  • Water
  • Jumper cables
  • Blankets
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlights
  • A fully charged cell phone
  • Tools to change a tire

Some other items to consider may include a car charger for your phone, and healthy snacks for drives through less populated areas.

Make Sure Your Car Seat Is Safe

To ensure your car seat is installed properly, call 866-SEAT-CHECK to set up a free safety seat inspection at a location nearby. 8 out of 10 car seats are not correctly installed, so make sure you’re in the minority!

Check The Back Seat For Safety

Remove poisonous substances (like cleaning products and washer fluid) from the backseat of your car so that they are not in easy reach for your children. Check to make sure child safety locks are working and that there aren’t any loose objects that could harm backseat riders.

Staying Safe Under The Sun

Put sunblock on and make sure every traveler has sunglasses. Don’t leave your children alone in the car even if you’re just running in and out of the store, because the interior of a car heats up quickly. Protect yourself, and protect your loved ones!