Labor Day Travel Tips from the Better Business Bureau

August 29, 2012

Chicago, IL – August 28, 2012 – WithLabor Day weekend approaching, millions of drivers will begin taking to theroad and the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois (BBB)advises drivers to practice safe driving to avoid potential accidents.

According to an AAA travel survey, it is forecastedthat 33 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home during theLabor Day holiday weekend, a 2.9 percent decrease from the 31.2 million peoplewho traveled one year ago.

The NationalSafety Council has released traffic fatality information for the upcomingLabor Day weekend, estimating across the country 368traffic fatalities and an additional 19,900 nonfatal disabling injuries willoccur.

“We all look forward to celebrating with family and friends this Labor Dayweekend, but it’s vital to practice safe, effective travel when going to yourspecial events,” said Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better BusinessBureau serving Chicago and Illinois. “By planning ahead and being aconscientious driver, everyone can enjoy a safer weekend, especially while onthe road.”

The BBB provides the following safety tips for traveling:

Before You Go:

·        Createa car safety kit. Bad weather can lead to accidents, car troubles,long delays and road closures. Basics for the kit include: a blanket,flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishablefoods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, family medicine and emergencytelephone numbers.

·        Takethe car in for a checkup. If your car is due for a checkup, take itin before making that long haul. At the very least, check the car’s fluid levels,wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and make sure theyare properly inflated.

·        Knowthe weather. Check local websites for traveling informationfor states you may be traveling through to allow extra time for bad weather.

·        Check yourgadgets. Charge your cell phone and make sure your GPS is running properly.

·        Getsome rest. Tired drivers are a hazard to themselves, thosein their vehicle and often fatal or devastating mistakes can be made to otherdrivers on the road.

On The Road:

·        Buckle up. Make sure everyone is properlybuckled up and that young children are in age appropriate safety seats, and areproperly secured.

·        Remember the rules of the road. Don’t tailgate and remember the three-secondrule when following vehicles. Don’t rely just on mirrors when changinglanes; turn around to check your blind spot. Obey all traffic signals.

·        Watch your speed. Law enforcement will be out toensure everyone is obeying all speed limits and laws.

·        Don’t drink and drive.

·        Don’t text and drive. When behind the wheel, pull overif you have to do anything that would take your full concentration off of driving.

·        Keep an eye out for emergencyvehicles. Whenyou see an emergency vehicle’s lights flashing, slow down and pull over. If youwant to help, it would be best to call 911 and report the accident. 

·        Use caution. Drive defensively and exercisecaution, especially during inclement weather.

·        Keep the BBB with you on the road. The BBB has a free app foriPhones on iTunes. Look for “bbbsearch” to receive this free service inthe App Store. For those who do not have this app, visit

GetThe Most From Your Gas:

  • Monitor your speed. Stay within posted speed limits - gas mileage decreases at speeds above 60 miles per hour.
  • Don’t frequently start and stop. Improve your mileage up to 5% by avoiding quick starts and stops.
  • Avoid unnecessary idling. Turn off the engine if you anticipate a wait.
  • Make the most of highway time. Use overdrive gears or cruise control when appropriate to improve highway fuel economy.
  • Don’t carry extra weight. Remove items from your trunk; an extra 100 pounds can reduce fuel economy by up to 2%. Remove items on top of your car; wind resistance reduces fuel economy by 5%.

For more information on keeping yourself and others safeon the road, visit



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