Memorial Day weekend is upon us and that means it’s time to be more vigilant than ever when it comes to safe driving. Driving on a holiday weekend, like Memorial Day, means you are sharing the road with more drunk or preoccupied drivers than on a normal weekend.
Drivers and passengers, beware: statistics show that you are four times as likely to die in a traffic accident over the Memorial Day weekend as over a regular weekend.
Yes, I said FOUR TIMES more likely.
Drunk driving and texting while driving are the oft-cited culprits, and while these may indeed cause many fatal car accidents, the main contributing factor may be more benign.
There are simply more drivers on the road on holiday weekends This factor alone increases the risk of a crash.
1. Don’t drink and drive
This one is obvious. Of course, we recommend this on every other day of the year as well. However, people often let down their inhibitions on holidays. This does not mean you should take the risk and drive while intoxicated.
2. Put your phone down while driving
Again, this is sound advice for everyday, but you need to stay focused and aware of your surroundings during a holiday. Pay attention to other drivers and try to avoid an accident at all cost. You cannot do this if you’re playing with your phone.
3. Avoid highways after midnight
Any road can be dangerous, but highways attract larger crowds and much worse accidents. Stay on the back roads and try to keep your trip as short as possible.
4. Take an Uber or Lyft
When possible and required, don’t drive your self. Spend a little bit of money to have someone else get you to and from the party. This means you can have a little more fun and not worry about driving home.
5. Stay home and relax by the pool with a mojito
This is the best advice you will receive about traveling on a holiday weekend…DON’T! Why not just take a break, kick up your feet, have a drink, and enjoy life? Maybe you can invite over some friends and family and turn it into a small party. Either way, keep things safe and right at home.