Make Safety a Priority Memorial Day WeekendMay 21, 2018
Memorial Day is the unofficial kickoff to the summer season. It is also the first weekend of the “100 deadliest days” of summer. After a long, cold winter, millions of people across the country are eager to get out and enjoy the rising temperatures, outdoor barbeques, and a possible dip in the pool. Despite the highest gas prices since 2014, approximately 41.5 million motorists are expected to hit the road over Memorial Day weekend.
The best way to enjoy this holiday weekend is to plan ahead and make safety a priority. There will be plenty of time for fun in the sun once you arrive at your destination safe and sound.
Top Tips for Your Memorial Day Commute
Whether you are driving to a party at a friend’s house or to an extended getaway, keep the following travel tips in mind this Memorial Day weekend:
- Give yourself extra travel time. If you are running late or are particularly anxious to get where you are going, you may be tempted to drive too fast. Be sure to obey the speed limit and avoid running through red lights, cutting off other drivers, or tailgating because you are in a rush.
- Avoid peak travel times, if possible. The Friday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend will have the highest volume of traffic. If you cannot avoid driving during this time, be patient, make sure you are well rested, and bring extra food and drinks just in case.
- Give your friends/family your travel route. If something unexpected happens, make sure you let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to arrive. They can send help if there is an emergency.
- Check your vehicle. Before you take any long trips, get your car serviced and make sure it is in good working order, including brakes, tires, and headlights.
- Fill your gas tank. Do not allow your gas tank to get too low, particularly if you are in an area with limited gas stations.
- Stay alert at all times. Make sure you are well-rested and keep your attention on the road. Do not talk or text while driving. If you start to feel drowsy, pull over and get some fresh air or a quick bite to eat.
- Turn on headlights. It is particularly important to use your headlights when dusk approaches and during inclement weather when there is limited visibility.
- Pause when necessary. Make frequent stops for bathroom brakes, food, coffee, or to get out and stretch your arms and legs.
- Keep an emergency kit in the vehicle. This should include items like a flashlight, batteries, a blanket, water, non-perishable foods, and a first-aid kit.
Following these safety tips will help you avoid an accident and ensure that you are able to enjoy the holiday weekend safely with family and friends.
Baltimore Accident Lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton Represent Victims of Car Accidents
If you have been injured in a car accident over Memorial Day weekend, contact the Baltimore accident lawyers at LeViness, Tolzman & Hamilton. If the other driver was under the influence of alcohol, speeding, texting while driving, or any other negligent behavior, we will hold them responsible for their actions and seek the maximum financial compensation you deserve. To schedule a free consultation, call us today at 800-547-4LAW (4529) or contact us online.
Our offices are located in Baltimore, Columbia, Glen Burnie, and Towson, allowing us to represent injured victims in Maryland, including those in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Montgomery County, Maryland’s Western Counties, Prince George’s County, Queen Anne’s County, Southern Maryland, and the Eastern Shore, as well as the communities of Catonsville, Essex, Halethorpe, Middle River, Rosedale, Gwynn Oak, Brooklandville, Dundalk, Pikesville, Nottingham, Windsor Mill, Lutherville, Timonium, Sparrows Point, Ridgewood, and Elkridge.