The traditional end of the summer vacation season is almost here. The Labor Day holiday weekend is one of the busiest travel periods on the interstates, highways and roads across the country. Planning ahead and making sure your car is ready for your final trip before the kids settle in for the school year is the best way to make sure you have a safe weekend.

In this edition of my blog, I’ll share tips on making sure you’re ready for the road and safe on it as you travel. Next week, I’ll pass along some things for you to take care of at home before you leave for a few days.

Get your car road worthy – Your mechanic can perform a quick check of your engine, fluids and tires. Being prepared with a car emergency kit is also important. Your car emergency kit should include, at a minimum, jumper cables, a tire gauge, a flashlight, a tool kit with wrenches and screwdrivers, duct tape, rags and an emergency stop sign.

Handle your car safely – Losing your focus while driving and getting behind the wheel after drinking are major factors in traffic accidents. If your plans include drinking, make sure your plans also include a sober designated driver. Lexington County deputies will be joining with the South Carolina Highway Patrol and other agencies to make sure drivers aren’t endangering themselves or others by operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner.