Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers Discuss Memorial Day Travel Safety
May 22, 2017
Memorial Day weekend brings the unofficial start to the summer season, packed with barbeques, picnics, fireworks, and trips to the beach. Unfortunately, the increased traffic over the holiday weekend also brings an increased risk for serious and sometimes fatal car accidents. The National Safety Council (NSC) predicts that this Memorial Day weekend will be the deadliest since 2009 with an estimated 400 deaths and over 50,000 injuries from car accidents.
Plummeting gas prices, a strong economy, and a solid job market are affording many with the opportunity for some relaxation and warm weather fun. AAA estimates that close to 40 million cars will take to the roadways on Memorial Day weekend between Thursday afternoon and Monday evening. This is an increase of almost three percent from the same time last year, and the highest estimate in the past 12 years. The NSC advises Americans to limit their travel over the holiday weekend, but for those who intend to travel, there are many safety precautions that can reduce the likelihood of you becoming involved in a serious or fatal car accident.
Tips for Staying Safe on the Road this Memorial Day
The American Red Cross recently issued a travelers’ advisory sheet with tips on how to stay safe when traveling over the Memorial Day weekend. They also have an app for travelers that can report severe weather or other emergency alerts that may affect your travel plans.
- Plan your trip in advance, checking for weather updates, road closures, detours, and work zones that may affect your route.
- Time your travel for off peak hours. Most car accidents happen during rush hour traffic and late night hours, so traveling outside of these times can reduce your risk of a car accident.
- Take frequent breaks during long trips, getting out of the car frequently to stretch your legs, use the restroom, or get a snack to improve your concentration and reduce road fatigue.
- Keep a safe distance from the car in front of you, allowing ample time to stop suddenly.
- Make sure your vehicle is in good shape before heading out on the road. Check gas levels, wiper blades, head and tail lights, and clean windows to ensure safe travel.
- Get adequate rest before traveling. Drowsy driving can affect a driver’s focus, reaction time, and concentration.
- Avoid using a cell phone while driving. Distracted driving resulted in more car accidents than drunk driving in the year 2015.
- Always carry a first aid kit and nutrition with you in case of an emergency. Blankets, water, and non-perishable snacks should be available in the event that you break down or become stranded.
- Drivers and passengers in the car should always wear a seatbelt.
- Refrain from consuming alcoholic beverages or taking prescription drugs or over the counter medications before getting behind the wheel of a car. Impaired driving leads to serious and often fatal car accidents.
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