Memorial Day Driving

Memorial Day weekend marks the start of summer-driving season, and the National Safety Council projects that more than 380 fatalities will occur this holiday weekend from car crashes. This number is alarming, so here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe on the roads.

The safety council recommends that drivers do the following:

  • Slow down and allow plenty of travel time to avoid frustration and the impulse to speed
  • Refrain from using cell phones or other hand-held devices while behind the wheel
  • Make sure all passengers buckle up and children are in age-appropriate safety seats
  • Designate a sober driver or arrange alternate transportation to your destination if drinking
  • Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during inclement weather (More tips for driving on wet roads)

The safety council also estimates that 140 lives could be saved this holiday weekend because of people choosing to wear seatbelts. So buckle up, drive safely and enjoy this Memorial Day weekend with your friends and family! Remember, Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have given their lives serving in our country’s armed forces, so let’s keep it that way.