By Jena Williams

Before we get to the interesting facts about Labor Day and helpful tools to get you safely through, I’d like to take a moment to thank truck drivers, mechanics, lumpers and loaders, dispatchers, trucking company managers and the families out there who work hard to bring us all we need each and every day. Many of us will be celebrating with a day off. Many of you will still be working and your job will be more stressful due to increased traffic volumes.

So from everyone here at KeepTruckingSafe.org, thank you truckers for your hard work!

As promised above – Useful links and tips:

Before you leave, check travel volumes: http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/News/2013/08/22_2013_labor_day_travel.htm

For all the non-truck drivers out there – this graphic, produced by Driver Solutions, is an excellent visual representation of how and why to drive safe around semi-trucks: http://www.greatcdltraining.com/share-the-road?utm_source=DSShareRoad&utm_medium=safetrucking&utm_campaign=infographic

The first Labor Day was celebrated in 1882. For more history on Labor Day: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

Oh, and one more thing, this is a widely kept secret, so you didn’t hear it from me! If you’ve been hitting the Washington State Parks over the summer, you can get a buy one, get one free six-inch sub at Western Washington Subways when you show your Discover Pass during September. (You’ll also need to purchase a drink.) More details here: http://www.parks.wa.gov/newsreleases/?number=%2013-051. So go work up an appetite!!!