By Arizona Highway Patrol Association

The men and women of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA) are encouraging Arizonans to take extra precautions and drive responsibly when traveling during the Labor Day holiday.

“Holiday travel can present challenges for all drivers on the road,” says Sgt. Jimmy Chavez, president of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association (AHPA).  “Being prepared for a trip will only make the experience much better for everyone.”

If you are traveling by car through Arizona, AHPA reminds you:

1. Buckle-up!  Seatbelts save lives and it is the law.

2. Drive safely. Watch your speed, expect delays and give yourself enough time to travel to your destination.

3. Distracted driving can endanger everyone on the road. Consider hands free devices if using your phone is critical.

4. Consider a safety kit for your car.  Include items like a first aid kit, cell phone back-up battery, flashlight, blanket, snacks, water, jumper cables, flares, warning triangles, and a whistle.

5. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before a long drive, especially in parts of Arizona where heat can be excessive. Check tire pressure and condition (including spare) and fluid levels before you begin your travels.

6. Get plenty of sleep before embarking on a long drive– fatigued driving is dangerous for everyone.

7. Move over! Help protect emergency personnel on the side of the roads by moving over one lane.  If you cannot change lanes, be sure to slow down.

8. If you see something – say something.  If you notice something suspicious, call 9-1-1.

9. Designate a driver if you are under the influence.

10. If you are involved in a minor collision on the highway, move vehicles off the roadway to a safe location.

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