You might be watching football on television, or staying home to enjoy the summer’s conclusion in peace. But if you’re driving this Labour Day, be advised: a lot of people will be on the road. Including some who shouldn’t.
Here are the dangerous types of motorist you should be looking out for on Canadian roads:
- Drunk drivers. The bane of holiday driving since about Day 1, impaired drivers are almost unavoidable on a long weekend. Too many people spend the day downing beers at the campsite on what they feel is their last day of freedom, and then they hop in the car to make it home by dinner.
- Aggressive drivers. The planning, rushing, and general confusion of a holiday weekend can fray nerves and make some drivers more prone to speeding and risky behaviour. Be alert, and don’t be surprised (or worse) if you see a driver getting aggressive.
- Distracted drivers. Think of it – just about everyone in a vehicle has a cellphone nowadays, and too many people are paying too much attention to them when they should be driving. Don’t do it, and be extra aware of people who might be texting their arrival times to their friends. Let’s hope they make it.
- Tired drivers. Some people make the most of their holidays, and the last thing they’re thinking about is saving energy for the drive home. Drowsy driving is extremely dangerous, so make sure you’re rested – or designate a rested driver – and be aware that some of your companions on the road might be half asleep.
- Drivers with poorly maintained cars. Take a look at all the cars out there. Do you think the drivers all checked their air pressure before they went out? Do you imagine everyone has brakes in top-flight condition? Not every car will be at its best this weekend, so avoid crowding your neighbour on the highway. Give them space. And make sure your care has been checked out.
If you want to drive to a holiday destination this Labour Day, by all means do it. You’re entitled to a break. But do it safely – watch out for drivers who aren’t watching out for you. And above all, don’t drink and drive.