The Memorial Day weekend gives lots of holiday travelers out on the road, which unfortunately means more accidents. A new study showed 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 holiday weekend as over a regular weekend. And while these awesome statistics wouldn't deter you from traveling by car this weekend, here are some driving safety tips to keep in mind:
- Don't drive if you're full or tall; it is a no-brainer. But ask yourself 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 updated on maintenance, are your tires inflated properly and give your windshield a clear picture?
- Practice defensive, safe driving tactics, including: stretch your seat belt; be aware of other drivers Keep 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, changing radio stations or subtitling, anything that takes your concentration from the task at hand can lead to an accident.
- Be prepared. How is the weather? Is a storm likely? Do you have emergency accessories in the car such as water, a first aid kit, flashlight, blanket, map and a security kit? Here is a checklist of items that you should keep in your car.
Have a safe holiday, everyone!