What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? If you are like many Americans, you probably plan to kick off the unofficial start of summer with barbecues at the river or local lakes. Perhaps you're even headed to the coast for some beach time.
Memorial Day weekend has heavy traffic because of all the travelers jockeying for position to get to their destinations quickly. As a result, the accident rate rises precipitously.
The folks at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) want to minimize the losses over this holiday weekend and offer the following tips to keep you and your family safer:
- Don't drink and drive: On any given day, roughly 30 individuals lose their lives due to intoxicated drivers.
- Check your tire pressure: Make sure that all four tires and your spare are properly inflated before setting out on your weekend trip.
- Keep your windshield unobstructed: If it's cracked, it can interfere with your ability to see what lies ahead. Replace cracked windshields and worn wiper blades.
- Watch your speed: The more motorists that are on the road, the greater the chances of delays. Plan accordingly so that you don't have to put the pedal to the metal.
- Don't leave kids in the car.:Not even for a minute. It's illegal and potentially deadly.
- Get plenty of rest: Drowsy driving is as dangerous as drunken driving.
If you get into an accident this summer, you may need to file a claim for damages against any at-fault motorists. An experienced attorney can help you learn more about your legal options when it comes to seeking compensation.
Source: Nationwide, "5 Memorial Day Driving Safety Tips," accessed May 25, 2018