Stay Safe This Memorial Day Weekend
Memorial Day is right around the corner, and Americans are looking forward to having as much fun as possible on our three-day weekend. This is a time for us to relax, enjoy ourselves, and to celebrate the freedom that our veterans gave their lives for. You and your family might be planning to do that by enjoying the freedom of the open road this Memorial Day. After all, a three day weekend is a perfect time to load up the car and head somewhere fun. Unfortunately, Memorial Day Weekend is also a perfect time for things to go very wrong on the road.
Memorial Day might mark the unofficial start of summer, but it also marks the start of the 100 Deadliest Days of Driving, a period of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal crashes increase dramatically. According to the National Safety Council, at least 366 traffic fatalities are expected this Memorial Day weekend. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to keep you and your family safe on the roads this weekend. And if you or a loved one have been injured in an auto accident, contact the Don Turner Legal Team and see how we can help you.
Take Advantage of These Travel Tips
While there is no way to completely avoid the possibility of an auto accident, there are steps you can take to minimize the possibility of a collision as you travel this Memorial Day Weekend:
- Time Your Trip: Why are accidents more frequent on Memorial Day Weekend? There are a variety of reasons, but the increased number of drivers on the road is a major factor. The busiest days for travel on Memorial Day Weekend will be Friday and Monday, so try and avoid scheduling your car trip on these days if at all possible.
- Check Your Tires: While tire blowouts can happen any time of the year, it’s especially common during the summertime. This is because the hot weather causes the air inside the tires to expand, building pressure and leading to blowouts. Make sure to inspect all four tires of your car, your valve caps, and your tire pressure before you hit the road.
- Be Aware of Weather Conditions: Late spring and early summer weather are unpredictable. Sunny skies can quickly turn into a harsh thunderstorm, and even a light amount of rain can increase the risk of hydroplaning. Stay on top of weather forecasts, and do not drive in inclement weather if you can help it. If this cannot be avoided, make sure to slow down, increase your following distance, and pay attention to any hazards.
- Avoid Distractions: Distracted driving is one of the main causes of auto accidents in the United States. When you take your eyes off the road to check your cell phone, do your makeup, or adjust your mirrors, you are dramatically increasing your chances of being involved in a collision. Take care of all of these things before you hit the road – multitasking and driving do not mix.
- Don’t be a Drowsy Driver: According to the NHTSA, 91,000 police-reported motor vehicle crashes in 2017 occured because of driver fatigue. When it’s this hot outside, it’s even easier for drivers to find themselves nodding off behind the wheel. Make sure to keep the temperature in your car cool and take advantage of any rest stops along the way. Make use of the buddy system if you can as well – another person in your car can let you know if you need a break or even take over driving for you.
- Practice Defensive Driving: Driving defensively means making sure to expect the unexpected when you are on the road. This includes being ready for unexpected road conditions and prepared for unexpected behavior from other drivers, such as sudden stops or unexpected lane changes. This is a practice you should always follow, but it is even more important at times like this.
- Never Drink and Drive: Georgia takes driving under the influence seriously, and for good reason. If you know you are going to be drinking at a Memorial Day party, you should arrange for an alternative method of transportation ahead of time. Have a sober friend drive you home, make use of public transportation, or take advantage of rideshare services like Uber or Lyft. Getting behind the wheel while intoxicated is never worth it and can have terrible consequences.
Let Freedom Ring and Let Safety Reign
This Memorial Day Weekend should be a fun and relaxing time for you and your loved ones, not to mention a golden opportunity to travel after a year of lockdowns. Make sure to help keep it that way by practicing safety on the road. Memorial Day Weekend may be an especially dangerous time for motorists, but by taking the above steps, you can help ensure that what is meant to be a safe and relaxing trip for your family doesn’t turn into a tragedy.
Of course, even if you and your family take all the proper precautions, there is still the risk of something going wrong due to the negligence of other drivers. If you or your loved ones are injured on the roads this Memorial Day Weekend, make sure to contact our law office as soon as possible. Our attorneys have years of experience handling auto accident cases and can make sure you and those you love are able to get the compensation you deserve.