Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the busy summer driving season. The weekend in particular remains one of the busiest in terms of traffic as Americans held to beaches, parks and parties to celebrate the unofficial beginning of summer. Unfortunately, more people on the road means higher car accident rates. Therefore, it is especially important for drivers to keep safety paramount during this holiday weekend.
Safe Driving Tips
While these safe driving tips are pertinent any time of the year, they are essential when traffic volume is high. Safe driving measures include:
- Car inspection – Before embarking on your trip, check to make sure your tires are inflated properly and that they are in good condition. That also means checking the condition of your spare tire. Look to see if your car’s fluids are at the correct level, which lessens the odds of overheating.
- No cellphone use – Avoid using your cellphone while driving. Distracted driving is responsible for nearly as many serious accidents as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If you must use your cellphone, pull over and stop rather than continue driving.
- Give yourself time – Because of heavy traffic volume, expect it to take a little longer to reach your destination. Give yourself plenty of time, so you do not become frustrated or attempt to speed.
- Buckle up – Make sure all passengers are buckled up before you start your journey. Young children should ride in age-appropriate car seats, and all children 12 and under should sit in the back seat.
- Avoid alcohol – If going to an event where alcohol is served, either do not indulge or designate another, non-drinking adult as the driver. Even a small amount of alcohol consumption can result in impairment.
- Stay alert – Do not drive if you are tired. Driver fatigue is responsible for many car crashes. If traveling a long distance, take breaks regularly.
- Emergency supplies – Keep emergency supplies in the car, just in case you run into trouble. A basic emergency kit includes jumper cables, a flashlight, road flares, a first-aid kit and reflective triangles alerting other drivers to a stopped car. Keep bottled water in the car along with some non-perishable foods.
- Do not leave children or pets unattended – Even if you are just popping into a store “for a minute,” do not leave children or pets alone in the car. Not only are they vulnerable to strangers, but anyone left in a hot car can succumb to heatstroke within minutes.
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