Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service and over the course of the years has been considered the unofficial “kick-off” of the Summer season. The day and long weekend are often marked by family gatherings, parades, barbecues, and road trips. As a result, highways and local roads alike, see high volume of cars on the road along with traffic and impatient drivers. According to the National Safety Council, more than 400 people will be killed during their Memorial Day weekend travels.
When driving to your destination this weekend, here are a few tips to help insure you have a fun and safe travel weekend:
- Buckle Up Always wear your seat belt on every trip and make sure your passengers are wearing theirs. If you are traveling with children, make sure they are restrained in safety seat that is appropriate for their height, age and weight.
- Don’t get Distracted Never use your cell phone while driving, even if your hands are free. Avoid listening to loud music and eating during your drive, these can be more distracting than you think.
- Take Breaks Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue while on the road. If you know you have a long trip ahead of you, plan to have another driver to switch off with or plan to make a few rest stops during your travels.
- Plan Ahead Don’t be in a rush to get to your destination. There will be plenty of cars on the road so it is important to keep a safe distance and go the speed limit while driving. If you know you will be going to a party or gathering, always assign an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation. Impairment begins with the first drink you have and its not worth getting behind the wheel afterwards.
Make sure you have fun by planning ahead so you, your family, and friends are sure to have a great time!