Yes, the official last day of summer is September 21st, but for many of us, Labor Day means it’s the end of summer. Combine the holiday, cheap gas and an improving economy and you can be sure you won’t be alone if you’re planning a trip this holiday weekend.

Labor Day Weekend Traffic

An important car accident statistic to be aware of is that more people are killed in car crashes over Labor Day weekend than any other holiday except Thanksgiving — according to the National Safety Council (NSC). The NSC has also estimated that during the 2016 Labor Day Weekend 438 people will be killed in car crashes.

Increased Travel 2016 Labor Day Weekend:

According to AAA 86 percent of the 35.5 million Americans expected to travel for Labor Day

Labor Day Weekend air travel

  • If you decide to fly, according to the trade organization Airlines for America, air travel is expected to increase by 4% vs. Labor Day Travel in 2015.
  • If you decide to drive, be aware that the National Safety Council has issued their highest fatality estimate for Labor Day weekend since 2008. They’ve actually estimated that 438 people will be killed during the holiday weekend.

Labor Day Accident Statistics

  • According to the National Safety Council (NSC), more people are killed in car accidents over Labor Day weekend than any other holiday except Thanksgiving.
  • According to the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2014 alcohol was a factor in approximately 50% of Labor Day Weekend traffic fatalities.

Safe Driving Tips

checking tire pressure before labor day weekend

  • Before you hit the road make sure your car is prepared – check fluids and make sure tires are inflated to correct levels.
  • Be patient – the more drivers out there that aren’t speeding and frustrated the better for us all.
  • Buckle up – everyone in your car should have their seatbelt on.
  • Don’t text and drive.
  • Don’t drink and drive – if you do drink have a designated driver or take a taxi.
  • Follow and obey traffic signs and speed limits.

Make the effort to practice common sense safe driving tips this weekend – and be sure to have fun!