Memorial Weekend Driving Safety

Memorial Weekend is here, thousands of people are driving in and out of town for visit relatives and enjoy the holidays, with the extra drivers and the rush to see relatives and friends, the risk of being involved in a motor vehicle accident rises, stay safe out on the road. The National Safety Council has estimated l380 roadway fatalities over the Memorial Day weekend, which begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 24 and runs through 11:50 p.m. on Monday, May 27.

Research shows that summer tends to be a deadly period on the roads, with warm-weather holidays being the most dangerous for drivers. When compared to Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, the three summertime holidays — Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day — typically claim over 110 lives each day, the highest average per-day fatality rates.

DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE – We all know this one already. Driving impaired will only land you in hot-water with law enforcement and others. IT IS DEADLY.

Text Later – If you need to communicate with friends or family have a passenger send the message or pull over.

Inspect your vehicle – Make sure the car you are driving is safe and fix recalls immediately; visit ChecktoProtect.org to ensure your vehicle does not have an open recall

Keep calm — People will be out and about headed to beaches and barbeques so be prepared for congestion and don’t engage with hostile drivers.

Stay alert — Rising temperatures this time of year can make you drowsy so be extra vigilant about getting a good night’s sleep before hitting the road.

Be on the lookout for impaired motorists — Unfortunately, there will always be people who overindulgence on a holiday weekend and then get behind the wheel. Steer clear of any drivers who are veering out of their lane, driving under the speed limit, or signaling incorrectly — these are all possible signs of an impaired motorist.

Wear your seat belt — As always buckle up before you set out on your route.

Stay safe out there, don’t become part on a statistic.

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