Memorial Day serves as a reminder that summer is just around the corner – and it is also a popular time to travel. Given the pandemic’s impact on travel in recent years, this Memorial Day weekend will be extra special to people as they prepare to travel with friends and family this summer.
People are eager to travel now
Whether you’re flying or driving to the beach, you’ll be among the millions of Americans who are relieved to be able to travel this year after two years of restrictions. However, because of the sudden increase in traffic, it is also time to be more cautious on the road than ever before. You’ll be surprised to learn that Memorial Day weekend has seen more traffic deaths than any other holiday over the last six years.
Even with higher gas prices, people are still excited to travel during Memorial Day weekend. Because of the pandemic, many were forced to spend a significant amount of time indoors and put travel plans on hold. Now, a type of breakout behavior is expected, leading to more reckless driving and more accidents.
Do not ignore safety measures in your eagerness to travel
Over the last few decades, people have become more aware of improved safety measures. Vehicle manufacturers are also installing more safety features. Surprisingly, people are increasingly ignoring basic precautions in their eagerness to travel. Regulations require safety belts, improved vehicle designs, and improved vehicle stability, all of which have made cars and roads much safer for everyone. Road traffic fatalities had decreased dramatically prior to the pandemic, but there has been a significant increase in the last year alone.
Authorities are concerned about an increase in fatalities on Memorial Day, so it is time to be vigilant and adopt safer driving habits.
Do not get distracted while driving
Drivers can often get distracted due to cell phones or kids in the backseat. (insert statistic about phone crashes)
Drive evenly – slow and steady
It may be tempting to drive fast so you can arrive at your hotel or beach house ahead of schedule, but it’s important to enjoy the ride with your family while adhering to the speed limit. You will enjoy the ride more and feel happier even if it takes a few minutes more.
Plan and prepare
Check your vehicle before the drive. Tires should have adequate air pressure and you should keep an extra tire in the boot. Top up the coolant, and oil, and check for any important repairs and ensure that you know some basics if you are stranded anywhere on the road.
Seat belts and child seat
These contraptions are there for a reason and should not be ignored. Install the child seat and ensure that the baby stays there safely during the entire journey. Everyone else must wear a seatbelt for their safety.
Do not mix driving and alcohol
It can be natural to indulge in alcohol and too much food during this long holiday weekend. These may induce drowsiness and impair your reflexes. Take a break and stay somewhere until the effect wears off completely or ask someone sober to take charge of driving the vehicle. You can also choose another form of traveling if you are still feeling too tired to drive.
Connect with a Reputable Car Accident Lawyer
Car accidents may lead to injuries, loss, and negligence, and ignoring simple driving rules is the leading cause. You can connect with us if you have been through an unfortunate accident and want compensation. The negligent party will pay for the damages and medical expenses, and we can guide you in this matter. The attorneys at Cushing Law Offices can make you understand the legal intricacies and guide you to get compensation if you have a valid case. Connect with us if you have been through a painful accident and need consultation.
Remember – the happiness of meeting your family and the vacation must not be eclipsed by a reckless accident. Be safe and enjoy the drive!