Memorial Day weekend serves as the unofficial start to the summer season. Many people will take advantage of the long weekend to make a road trip to visit family or join in local celebrations. Unfortunately, Memorial Day weekend is also a very dangerous time for drivers according to a study by the National Coalition for Safer Roads. There are many precautions drivers can take to make sure their celebration will be a safe one.
Memorial Day Travel Safety Tips
Be prepared. According to AAA, the top three reasons for rescue calls during the summer are tires, batteries and lock-outs. Check your tires and battery before your trip and always have a spare key with you when you travel. Never leave the key in the car for any reason. Carry an emergency kit in your car with emergency flares, jumper cables, basic tools, a flashlight, first aid kit, and mobile phone charger. Bring bottled water and extra snacks for everyone in your car.
Designate a driver if you are attending a celebration and intend to drink there. Law enforcement is on the watch for impaired drivers on holiday weekends. Do not drink and drive.
Be alert in work zones. Summer is prime time for construction projects and workers may be on foot in close proximity to traffic. Construction vehicles may be leaving and entering work zones. Protect workers and others by obeying the slower speed limits.
Avoid rear end accidents. Leave enough space between your car and the vehicle in front of you so that you have room to react in an emergency situation.
Plan your trip with extra time to get where you are going. Roads are bound to be congested on a holiday weekend and you want to arrive at your destination on time and relaxed. Delays in travel encourage speeding and aggressive driving behavior.
Never text while driving. Also avoid talking on the phone and other distracted driving behaviors. Plan your route before you leave so that you are not looking for directions on a phone or GPS while driving. Distracted driving endangers you and your passengers, as well as the drivers and pedestrians around you. Educate teen drivers about the risk they are taking when they engage in distracted driving. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the deadliest time for teen drivers.
Get a good night’s rest before your trip. Drowsy driving is as big a risk as drunk driving according to a study from AAA. Drivers who only get 4-5 hours of sleep have the same impairment as someone who drives drunk. Plan frequent stops during your drive to stay alert.
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