Labor Day is observed on the first Monday in September and pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It also symbolizes the end of summer for many Americans.
Labor Day weekend is also one of the busiest travel weekends of the year. If you have travel plans this weekend here are a few tips to ensure safe and healthy travels:
The last thing you want on Labor Day weekend is a car that breaks down on the side of the road! Before you embark on your road adventure check all of your fluids including oil, radiator, and windshield wiper fluid. Although the plan is not to use it – make sure you have a car emergency kit. Your emergency kit should include at minimum jumper cables, flashlight, basic tool kit, duct tape, and an emergency stop sign. Also make sure you have a first-aid kit, a bottle of water, a blanket, and something healthy to tide you over in case you are stranded.
Most accidents are caused by losing concentration or ignoring the risks big trucks pose on our road ways. To maintain optimum concentration levels avoid driving if you are tired, feel sick, or drank alcohol. Steer clear of big trucks – big trucks have diminished brake times due to their weight and often have several blind spots. Remember that if you can’t see a trucker’s mirror, the trucker can’t see you either.
Timing Your Trip
If you can, leave early. While this is not possible for most of us, be especially careful and alert during peak driving times. Most people will be on the roads between 4pm and 10pm. If you can leave earlier or postpone your travels to avoid these times, you will be in better shape. It is also a good idea to check online before you leave to see if the roads you intend to take are undergoing repairs or scheduled lane changes. This will allow you to research alternate routes saving you the headache and hassle.
What’s the rush? Usually we want to arrive at our destinations as fast as possible. But what if you had the chance to see the World’s Biggest Ball of Twine? Are you passing by Darwin, Minnesota or Cawker City, Kansas? Both locales boast the largest ball of twine, one built by a single person and one by a community. Here are a few more of the U.S.A.’s Weirdest Roadside Attractions to look out for on your travels:
World’s Largest Fish, Hayward, Wisconsin
Live Mermaid Show, Spring Hill, Florida
World’s Tallest Gnome, Kerhonkson, New York
Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas
Whatever you weekend plans, we hope you have a safe and fun weekend!
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