Believe it or not, but Labor Day weekend will soon be upon us. With that, many around the St. Louis metro area will celebrate the last holiday of the summer. They tend to drive to their favorite destinations. With gas prices down compared to last year, traffic volumes are expected to be high. As such, prudent driving will be important given how Labor Day weekend is a dangerous time to be on the road.
We want our readers to be safe, so we offer the following tips.
Drive for the conditions – Inclement weather is not in the forecast, but hot tempers are expected if (or when) traffic slows down. This could be dangerous because tailgaters do not have enough space to slow down and stop. That said, it is important for drivers to maintain safe speeds and distances for the conditions.
Put down the phone – Distracted driving is still a problem in Missouri, despite the lack of public service announcements decreeing the practice. It is prudent to avoid using your phone while behind the wheel. Not only will it help you stay out of accidents, doing so could limit your ability to recover money damages after an accident.
Get plenty of rest – While the dangers of drowsy driving may not raised as often as distracted driving, driving while significantly tired could lead to a tragic accident. So while we hope you make the most of the weekend, take some time to get rest.
If you have questions about your legal rights and options after an accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.