As Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season, many people take the opportunity to travel or to attend parties and events over the weekend. Memorial Day weekend typically ranks among the busiest weekends on the road, meaning much higher risks of accident and injuries.
Below are some safety tips drivers can follow to help protect themselves and their passengers while out and about this coming Memorial Day weekend.
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Inspect Your Car Before a Road Trip
If you plan to take a road trip during the Memorial Day weekend, you can help protect yourself from the risk of an accident by inspecting your vehicle before setting off. This includes checking the condition of your tires, your oil, coolant, and wiper fluid levels, and the condition of your vehicle battery. Many mechanics offer comprehensive inspection services to identify potential safety issues with your vehicle.
You should also make sure that your vehicle is equipped with an emergency kit, which should include warning triangles or flares, gloves, flashlight or lantern, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, cell phone charger packs, and extra water.
Avoid Texting While Driving
While many drivers may be tempted to use their cell phones while behind the wheel on Memorial Day weekend, either to look up directions to their destination or to communicate with hosts at their destination. However, distracted driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence, if not more so because your attention is taken off the road in the time that you look at your phone screen. If you need to use your cell phone behind the wheel, pull off the road where it is safe to do so, or let one of your passengers handle any navigation or texting/calling.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Speaking of driving under the influence, it also goes without saying that you should always avoid the temptation to drink and drive. If you choose to celebrate the holiday weekend at a party or even with alcoholic beverages, you should make plans to either stay where you are until you’ve had time to sober up (ideally, overnight so that you also are not tired or fatigued) or make alternative plans to get home, such as having a designated driver, calling a cab or rideshare vehicle, or hiring a livery vehicle.
Pull Over If You’ve Feeling Drowsy or Fatigued
Memorial Day weekend can be a very busy weekend, so it can be easy for you to get tired, fatigued, or drowsy as the weekend wears on. If you’re feeling fatigued while behind the wheel, pull over where safe to do so to give yourself a break or a rest to refresh yourself.
Plan Ahead Before Leaving for Your Trip
Finally, you can stay safe on the road by planning ahead before hitting the road. This includes leaving early to give yourself enough time to get to your destination, in case you hit heavy traffic. If you’re rushing to get somewhere, you’re far more likely to feel anxious or stressed, which may cause you to engage in unsafe driving behaviors like speeding, tailgating, or reckless driving.
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