Memorial day weekend essentially kicks off the summer season where people take advantage of the long weekend to sneak in a quick trip somewhere “summery”. After a frigid winter and a recent stretch of rain/storms, it can’t come quickly enough. According to the National Safety Council, The Memorial Day holiday weekend has an 11.5 percent increase in traffic fatalities compared to similar non-holiday periods. Also, more people die from driving than any other major form of transportation.
Driving safety tips:
- Do not drive impaired by drugs or alcohol.
- Buckle up!
- Avoid distracted driving–cell phones, radio, checking maps. Have someone else assist with navigation as well as sending out messages. If you are driving alone, pull over to sort things out.
- Make sure your car does not have any major issues that you should have tended to previously.
- Take your time and avoid rushing/speeding.
- Do not drive if you are tired.
- Get an early start to avoid traffic.
- Do not drive aggressively, and if someone else is, let them pass you.
- Keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
- Follow speed limits and traffic signals.
- Make sure car seats are installed properly.
- Keep a watchful eye out for everyone else on the road. Be on the look out for drivers that are speeding, distracted or are a hazard on highways. Being a defensive driver is a must this weekend.
- Look out for construction, many roads are in need of repairs after the winter months. Make sure to follow any adjusted speed limits.
If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident or related injury contact an experienced accident attorney who can help you get the full compensation you deserve.