EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (RELEASE FROM EAU CLAIRE CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE)-- The Labor Day Weekend is the heaviest traveled holiday as we go on vacation one last time before school starts. Unfortunately, last year over 400 traffic related fatalities occurred over this holiday. The following tips will help with safe travels:
• Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel. Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
• Plan ahead. Before you get on a highway, know your exit by name and number, and watch the signs as you near the off-ramp. Drivers making unexpected lane changes to exit often cause accidents.
• Don’t cut in front of large trucks. Remember that trucks are heavier and take longer to make a complete stop, so avoid cutting quickly in front of them.
• Use a map or GPS. Surprisingly, few motorists plan their routes, even when driving through unfamiliar areas. Knowing the road is essential for safe driving – it allows you to anticipate lane changes and avoid a panicked search for directions.
• Leave early and avoid risks. Leave early and allow for delays in your travel schedule. Know your limitations; don’t drive when tired, upset or physically ill.
• Be aware of trucks’ blind spots. When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
• No alcohol or drugs. Avoid the consumption of alcohol, illegal drugs, and know if your prescription will affect your ability to drive.
• Distracted Driving. Avoid using your cellular phone or other distracting activities while driving. Ask a passenger to text someone or look up an address for example. You are responsible for driving which takes 100% of your attention.
Check out http://traffic.511.org/ for the latest road construction or traffic related closures.
Area law enforcement wishes you a safe and enjoyable Labor Day Weekend. Please remember to buckle up and drive courteously. WI law requires motorist to slow down and move over for emergency vehicle or construction/highway workers.
Remember zero deaths in WI is the goal!