THE CAR COACH REPORTS:
September 4, 2015
Pocket Full of Gas Money Edition –
Labor Day Travel Tips
This Labor Day, gas prices were the lowest they have been in 11 years. http://www.nbcnews.com/business/travel/low-gas-prices-put-1-4-billion-motorists-pockets-over-n420406. This is good news because that means we consumers get to save about $1.4 billion collectively.
Granted, in some areas, prices will rise; more than likely the Southern U.S. will see the lowest gas prices, since they are already lower on average. But overall this is good news (and not the best for EV folks, since gas prices are projected to fall even lower in the next few months, but I digress).
Of course, that means the already historically busy roads on Labor Day were busier. AAA expected more than 35 million travelers on the road this past weekend. In short, there was more traffic. The low gas prices and Labor Day weekend combo can make for a less than relaxing end of summer.
More people on the roads means longer travel times and the possibility of a rise in traffic accidents. Here are some tips to make a trip a little safer and less stressful for those of you out on the roads, especially those travelling long distances:
- Perform preventive maintenance. Check your fluids and tires. I can never say this enough. No one wants to break down on the side of the road because of low fluids. Make sure the tread and tires aren’t damaged and you have enough tread to grip the road safely.
- Rest up. Make sure that if you are driving, you have plenty of rest before the trip and if you feel yourself getting tired while on the road, either switch drivers or find a safe place to stop along the way. Get out and stretch, get the blood moving again. Drowsy driving is dangerous.
- Be patient. Seriously. Give yourself plenty of time to get to where you are going. If traffic is getting to you, find somewhere to get off the road for a while. See the sights, picnic at a rest stop, something, anything. Don’t let yourself get into road rage.
- Remember to drive defensively. Other people might be driving while drowsy or distracted. They might not have checked their tires. Just make sure you are giving yourself a cushion or an out on the roads this weekend.
With all of that being said, have a great holiday weekend. Take advantage of the drop in gas prices; load up the family, see something beautiful and do something fun.
What are your plans this weekend?
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My Final Thought:
Remember that giant sinkhole that opened up at the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky and destroyed 8 pieces of Corvette history? One of the historical pieces destroyed was the one millionth ‘Vette ever made.
Corvette announced that after four months and 1,200 man hours it has fully-restored said Corvette:
If you read the release, you’ll see why it was so important for Chevy to repair this vehicle. I won’t spoil it. Congrats! Chevy.
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