Memorial Day Travel Safety TipsMay 22, 2019
Memorial Day weekend is a time that many Americans look forward to. It may mean a three-day weekend, time to spend with family and friends, and honoring the men and women we lost in the military. When an entire nation is gearing up for a weekend that includes travel, it can also mean an increase in car accidents on the roadways, especially since many celebrations may include alcohol.
The National Safety Council estimates that just over 400 people will suffer fatal injuries in car accidents during the Memorial Day weekend this year. Drivers who are aware of this increased risk can be better prepared to avoid accidents if they take the following precautions.
- Pay Attention: Drivers who pay attention to the road and avoid distractions, such as cell phone use, excessive GPS use, or family interactions in the car are less likely to be involved in an accident.
- Rest up: Drivers who are well-rested while driving are in a better position to avoid accidents. If you know you will be staying late at a party, make plans to stay over to avoid driving after a long night.
- Check your tires: Ensuring that your tires are in good shape before the trip and checking tire pressure are key factors to avoid blow outs and any other maintenance issues that may occur.
- Avoid drinking and driving: Having a designated driver or hiring a driving service is the best way to avoid tragic accidents if you will be having a few drinks. Thirty people suffer fatal injuries in car accidents involving alcohol use every day in the U.S.
- Wear your seat belt: Make sure that children have proper car seats for their age and weight, especially if you are driving more people in your vehicle. Additionally, remind all backseat passengers that they need to wear their seat belts.
- Leave early: Expect to encounter traffic along your route. Frustrations due to unexpected traffic cutting into your celebration time can cause drivers to drive more aggressively and puts all surrounding drivers at risk of accidents.
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