Labor Day Travel Tip Tuesday

Cooler weather is on the way, football season is here, and the fun in the sun is coming to an end. The traditional “end of summer” weekend is upon us. But did you know that Labor Day was originally created to honor and celebrate the social and economic achievements of American workers? This day was actually intended to be an “annual, national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country, and to create a work-life balance for those who endure” (Department of Labor). In a nation of people who work more hours and take less vacation than other Western nations, it’s important to be reminded (yes, some people actually need to be reminded) to take a break from the daily grind.  For too many, Labor Day is simply “an extra day” to catch up on work. If you fall into this category then we would like to remind you to take the day to enjoy yourself! Head out to the lake, have a picnic on the beach or enjoy a local car show. Whatever it is you decide to do, if you’re planning on doing some driving then please remember these important items.

According to a recent survey from Expedia, one in four Americans plan to take to the roads this Labor Day weekend so the roads will be full of travelers. Thursday and Friday are the busiest travel days, so if you decide to hit the road a day or two early, keep in mind that many others are doing the same thing. In other words, plan on travel delays and distracted drivers.

Always be sure to do a thorough maintenance and safety check before hitting the highway. Make sure to include tire safety, fluids, belts, hoses, and electrical system. Be sure your emergency kit is complete and packed as well.

If you’re the techie-type, here are several apps you can use that make getting away easier and more economical.

The Gas Buddy

Weather Pro App

Waze App

PackPoint App

Resource: Money-saving Labor Day travel tips

Dept of Labor/ History of Labor Day