9 tips to travel safely this Labor Day weekend

ORLANDO, Fla. — Millions of people are set to travel across the U.S. this Labor Day weekend.

The Florida Highway Patrol said that historically in Florida, more crashes occur on the Friday before Labor Day than any other day during the four-day travel period.


“No matter how far your destination may be, please remember to buckle up, slow down, and never drive impaired,” FLHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes said.

See nine tips below from troopers on how to make sure travelers arrive at their destinations safely:

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  • Don’t drive impaired. If you are planning to have alcoholic beverages, plan to have a designated driver or ride-share service get you home safely.
  • Never drive drug impaired.
  • If you see an impaired or aggressive driver, call *FHP (*347) or 911.
  • Obey speed limits and practice courtesy on the highway.
  • Buckle up. Your seat belt is your vehicle’s best safety feature.
  • ATVs and off-road vehicles are to be driven on unpaved roadways, never the highway.
  • Don’t drive distracted.
  • Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and mind on driving.
  • Get plenty of rest before you get behind the wheel. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as impaired driving.

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Sarah Wilson

Sarah Wilson, WFTV.com

Sarah Wilson joined WFTV Channel 9 in 2018 as a digital producer after working as an award-winning newspaper reporter for nearly a decade in various communities across Central Florida.