Tips for Driving Safe This Labor Day Weekend from NSC
An estimated 450 people may lose their lives on the road this weekend, NSC says.
- By Alex Saurman
- Sep 02, 2022
It’s Labor Day weekend. If you’re planning to travel, you’re not alone. Unfortunately, more people may be at risk for accidents.
The National Safety Council (NSC) estimates that this weekend, over 450 people may lose their lives on the road, according to a press release. As people hit the roads this weekend, NSC provides seven tips on how to stay safe.
- “Prepare before you go.” Check your vehicle for any maintenance that may need to be done. NSC recommends checking your oil and the air in your tires.
- “Buckle up.” Put your seatbelt on. If you’re driving with other people, make sure your passengers are buckled.
- “Designate a sober driver or arrange alternate transportation.” If your plans may lead to impairment, make sure you have a sober driver or you have another safe way to get back.
- “Slow down.” Follow the speed limits, and if conditions are not ideal, slow down.
- “Drive distraction-free.” More than 3,100 people lost their lives from distracted driving in 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Many states have laws in place that prohibit the use of cell phones while driving. Put your phone down while on the road.
- “Look before you lock.” When you’re at your destination or taking a break and leaving your car, ensure all children and pets are out of the car.
- “Demand safer roads.” Learn more or join NSC’s Road to Zero Coalition.
For more information on staying safe on the roads, visit NSC.org/saferoads.
In August, NSC preliminary findings estimated that 21,340 people died from traffic crashes in the first half of 2022, only a one percent decrease from 2021.
Alex Saurman is the Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety.