Travel Tips for Memorial Day WeekendMay 22, 2019
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of the summer season, which means that families, college kids, teenagers, and thousands of other drivers will be hitting the road. Memorial Day weekend is also one of the most dangerous holidays for road travel, according to the National Safety Council (NSC). Drivers who are in a rush to get to their destination often drive more aggressively because they are frustrated with the slow-moving traffic. Speeding, running red lights, and tailgating are other common examples of unsafe driving behaviors that can lead to serious accidents. Law enforcement and safety officials urge all drivers to keep the following safety tips in mind as they travel this Memorial Day weekend.
Make Safety a Priority
The NSC estimates over 400 people will suffer fatal injuries over Memorial Day weekend due to car accidents. Many of these accidents can be avoided if motorists make safer, more responsible choices. The following safety tips can help ensure that drivers spend the weekend with friends and family, and not in the emergency room:
- Avoid peak travel times: Friday afternoon is when traffic is the heaviest since many people leave work early for the holiday weekend. If possible, try to plan your travel so that you can leave before or after these peak hours.
- Give yourself extra travel time: Traffic is going to be heavy and slow, so give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. This will help avoid feeling tempted to speed through red lights or weave in and out of lanes.
- Take breaks to get out and stretch: If you will be driving a long distance, take multiple breaks so that you can get out of the car, get some fresh air, and stretch your muscles. This can help keep you awake and alert, particularly if you will be driving late at night.
- Always wear your seat belt: This goes for adults and children, as well as younger children who are still in car seats that are appropriate for their age, height, and weight. Seat belts can save lives in the event of a car accident.
- Assign a designated driver: If you are attending a party where alcohol will be served, designate someone in your group who will refrain from drinking alcohol and will be responsible for driving you and other members of your group home safely.
Baltimore Car Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Memorial Day Car Accidents
If you or a loved one was involved in a car accident over Memorial Day weekend, you are urged to contact the Baltimore car accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton at your earliest convenience. If another driver caused the accident, we will hold that person liable for your injuries and any property damage to your vehicle. We will continue to fight for you until we have your complete satisfaction. To schedule a free, confidential consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
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