Memorial Day Driving Tips
Memorial Day is quickly approaching. Many people plan to celebrate the holiday by traveling to be with friends and family. However, Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road.
Last year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) reported that Memorial Day travel experienced the third consecutive year of growth with 2.7 percent more travelers than the year before. In 2016, 34.6 million Americans drove to their Memorial Day destinations, up 2.4 percent from the previous year. The number of fatal car accidents this year is expected to be the highest since 2012.
According to estimates from the National Safety Council (NSC), over 400 people may be fatally injured, and 47,000 people may be seriously injured in motor vehicle accidents this Memorial Day weekend. These estimates are 12 percent higher than the average number of fatalities that occurred in the past six years. The NSC reports that there is an overall upward trend in holiday injuries and fatalities.
To reduce your risk of a crash, the NSC suggests that you:
- Wear your seatbelt. About 159 lives can be saved during the holiday.
- Use appropriate child safety seats.
- Designate a sober driver.
- Take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.
- Avoid distractions like using a cell phone, changing the radio station, or getting lost in thought.
- Talk to your teens about their driving habits and monitor their behavior.
- Learn and understand your vehicle’s features, such as safety systems and how to use them.
The following are more safety recommendations from the American Red Cross (ACR):
- Be careful when driving through construction zones.
- Do not follow other vehicles too closely.
- Fill up your gas tank; do not let it get too low before pulling off.
- Carry an emergency supply kit containing a first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, and other supplies.
- Let someone know what route you plan on taking and your estimated arrival time.
Finally, the following are additional safe driving tips from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA):
- Do not drink and drive. Nearly 30 people in the U.S. suffer fatal injuries each day from an alcohol related motor vehicle crash.
- Maintain your tires. Long road trips can wear them out, especially when it is hot.
- Clean your windshield. Dirt, bugs and other debris can hamper visibility.
- Obtain plenty of sleep. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving and is the cause of many serious accidents each year.
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Whatever your plans are for the Memorial Day weekend, it is important to remember that safety comes first. However, even the safest and most cautious drivers can get in an accident due to another driver’s negligence. If you or someone you know was injured in a car accident, contact the experienced Cherry Hill car accident lawyers at Williams Cedar LLC. From our offices in Haddonfield, New Jersey and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we represent clients nationwide. Contact us online or call us at 215-557-0099 for a free confidential consultation.