Princeton, NJ (PRWEB) September 5, 2010
CURE Auto Insurance observes Labor Day weekend by reminding drivers to drive well and get home safe with its top five driving safety tips.
According to AAA, approximately 34.4 million people plan to travel at least 50 miles from home this Labor Day weekend. Ninety-one percent of those travelers, or 31.4 million people, will reach their destination by automobile. This represents an increase of 10.3 percent from last Labor Day. Cure Auto Insurance offers the following tips to ensure that drivers travel safe this holiday weekend:
1. Beware of drowsy driving. Driver fatigue is a serious problem. According to a survey by the National Sleep Foundation, almost 20 percent of all drivers admit to having fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point. While many people believe that consuming coffee or other amounts of caffeinated beverages is the best way to prevent falling asleep at the wheel, if the drive is longer than one hour, too much coffee or soda can make you nervous and jittery, and after a period of time will have a "crash" effect and make you even more drowsy. Studies have shown that tricks such as playing loud music and opening your vehicle windows will not increase alertness at all. A better way to prevent falling asleep at the wheel on a long drive is to pull over and take a short nap. Even resting for just 15 to 20 minutes will have a dramatic impact on your ability to drive safely.
2. Keep any eye on your gauges. When driving in hot weather it is important to keep an eye on the lights and gauges. If your temperature gauge rises, turn off your air conditioner and turn on the heater to its highest setting. While it will be uncomfortable, it will help draw some of the heat away from the engine. If the temperature light goes on or if the gauge enters the red zone, immediately pull off the road to a safe spot, away from traffic and call for assistance. Driving with an overheated engine can cause serious damage to the engine.
3. Check your tire pressure. According to the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), 27 percent of passenger cars on U.S. roadways are driven with one or more substantially under-inflated tires. Driving a vehicle with under-inflated tires can result in tire failure such as blowouts that can cause a driver to lose control of the car. Don’t rely on a visual inspection. According to the Department of Transportation, Motorists should not rely on visual tire inspections to determine whether a tire is properly inflated but should use a tire pressure gauge to do so. Tire pressure should be checked at least once a month and before a long trip.
4. Stop means stop. Statistics show that most accidents happen close to home. Drivers are more relaxed in areas they are familiar with often resulting in traffic violations such as not properly stopping at stop signs or running red lights. If a “staycation” is on your agenda for the holiday weekend remember to obey all traffic laws in order to avoid an accident.
5. Know that one is one too many. It may seem obvious but nearly 12,000 people a year die from alcohol related crashes. Law enforcement officials across the country will embark on their annual nationwide Labor Day “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” enforcement effort to crack down on impaired driving and reduce roadway fatalities. Drunk driving check points will be set up as well as increased police presence on the roads over the long holiday weekend. Never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Also don’t rely on someone else who was drinking to drive you home.
For more driving tips, please visit http://www.CURE.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange headquartered in Princeton, N.J. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as an answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.CURE.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.
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