Memorial Day Travel Safety Tips
Memorial Day weekend is here and many of us will be enjoying an extended weekend away. While we all deserve a mental and physical break from work, we should be aware of what lies ahead on the road. The congestion and urgency on highways / interstates can be extremely draining, uneasy and dangerous.
According to AAA, a projected 39.3 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more away from home this upcoming weekend. That is an estimated 1 million more travelers than last year who are driving, flying or using trains / ships to get to their destination; the highest Memorial Day travel since 2005.
Although it is expected that drivers will pay the highest Memorial Day gas prices since 2015, the mode of transportation will be by car (88.1%). AAA also states that automobile travel will grow 2.4% this Memorial Day weekend with 34.6 million drivers out on U.S. roads.
With that many drivers on the road, you can expect to see vehicles encountering trouble. It is estimated that AAA alone will rescue more than 333,000 motorists this weekend; the primary reasons are due to being locked out of a vehicle, flat tires or battery-related issues.
Our hope is that you don’t find yourself in one of these predicaments. Therefore, we urge you to follow some tips that the Red Cross recently released before the popular weekend is underway.
- Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways.
- Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
- Make frequent stops.
- Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
- Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
- Don’t overdrive your headlights.
- Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
- Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
- Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
We have seen countless individuals walk through our door in need of legal assistance because they were involved in a car accident over a holiday weekend. While no accident is ever easy or wanted, the holiday accidents can be particularly difficult because everyone seems to be in a rush. Our hope is that everyone slows down and takes their time. Being informed about the expected travel influx will hopefully help you and your loved ones get to your destination safer.
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