With permission from iii.org
Holiday Memorial Day mode takes lots of holidaymakers out on the road, which unfortunately means more accidents. A new study found that Memorial Day is the deadliest of all holidays, with drivers and passengers four times as likely to die in a traffic accident during the weekend as during a regular weekend. And even though these bleak statistics should not deter you from traveling by car this weekend, here are some tips on driving safety to remember:
- Do not drive if you are full or tall; it is a non-brain. But also ask if you are tired, sick or drowsy. If you are impaired in any way, do not hit the road.
- Make sure your car is in good condition. Are you up to date on maintenance, are your tires properly blown and your windscreen gives you a clear picture?
- Meet defensive, safe driving tactics including: bending the seat belt; keep aware of other drivers; have a safe distance from the car in front of you; and observe speed limits and traffic signals.
- Be ready to focus on driving. Distracted driving accounts for an increasing number of crashes. Whether talking to passengers, switching radio stations or texting, anything that takes your concentration from the current task can lead to an accident.
- Be prepared. How is the weather? Is a storm likely? Do you have emergency situations in the car like water, a first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, map and a road safety kit? Here is a checklist of items you should have in your car.
Have a safe weekend, everything!