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Wishing you a safe and happy Labor Day — from everyone at Michigan Auto Law

September 4, 2017 by Steven M. Gursten

These road safety tips can go a long way for you while you’re enjoying what many consider to be the real last day of summer

Road safety

On behalf of everyone at Michigan Auto Law, we want to wish you a happy and safe Labor Day.

Today marks the last big holiday of summer. In Michigan, that often means a long weekend trip somewhere fun, cruising over to a barbecue at a friend’s house across town, or returning from a getaway Up North. There will be an estimated 1 million drivers hitting the road this Labor Day weekend.

If you’re out on the road today, remember that Michigan State Police say that over the past 45 years, the Labor Day weekend sees an average of 19 car accident road fatalities, which is more than any other holiday weekend in this state.

Here are some road safety tips that our attorneys have prepared to help keep you safe:

  • Remember the basics of safe driving.
  • Buckle up! Always buckle up and make sure children are properly secured into a car seat or booster seat or safely seat belted.
  • Don’t text and drive: Taking your eyes off the road to read or send a text message is the same as driving the distance of a football field with your eyes closed. The number of fatal distracted driving car accidents has risen sharply over the past few years.
  • Pay close attention to road construction and work zones: Check ahead to see where MDOT’s road construction spots are along your trip.
  • Speed kills: When speed doubles, your stopping distance quadruples. This is a dangerous equation when there are other drivers — many of whom have probably been drinking on Labor Day — also on the road.

Stay safe!

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