Memorial Day is a great opportunity to gather with friends and family. If you are driving this Memorial Day weekend, you are not alone. More than 37 million people are expected to hit the road for the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
Sadly, this means that the chances of being involved in a car accident this weekend increased. The National Safety Council projects 380 fatalities during the 2019 holiday period. Also, an additional 43,300 people may be seriously injured in car accidents over the long weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday, May 24, and ends at 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 27.
When compared to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, the three summertime holidays – Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day – typically claim more than 110 lives each day, the highest average per-day fatality rates, the organization says.
Reduce Chances of a Car Accident This Memorial Day Weekend
Take steps to enjoy the Memorial Day weekend safely. Here are a few suggestions to avoid being injured in a car accident this weekend:
- Make sure you and your passengers are wearing a seatbelt, even if you’re just driving down the road.
- Avoid distracted driving; that means staying off your cellphone. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe area.
- Get plenty of rest so you can stay focused on the road.
- If you are planning to drink, designate a sober driver. If you do not have one, call an Uber, Lyft, or taxi to take you to your destination safely.
- Remember the 4 second rule and keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the car in front of you.
- Practice defensive driving. I always say to drive safely and watch out for those who don’t. Keep an eye out for cars driving erratically and be sure to change lanes if you get too close.
- Time your departure to avoid congested roads and traffic.
Prevent a Boating Accident This Memorial Day Weekend
However, don’t forget that boating can be just as dangerous as driving in a car this weekend. Did you know that only a third of the alcohol needed to make a person impaired on the road can make a person equally impaired on the water, so use extreme caution when drinking this weekend. To prevent a boating accident this Memorial Day weekend, do the following:
- Have life jackets
- Share your plan
- Monitor the weather
- Have a designated sober operator
Enjoy the Memorial Day weekend safely! Take a moment to remember the reason for Memorial Day and give thanks for all those who died so we can enjoy our freedoms!
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