For most people, Memorial Day is a time where they celebrate freedom – and in more than just one way. Memorial Day is time to salute the U.S. veterans who sacrificed to preserve and protect us. And then many of us will celebrate freedom of the road, and take off on a trip this holiday weekend.
It is known that Memorial Day is one of the heaviest traveled weekends, which translates into more people on the road and more accidents. An average of 358 fatal accidents happen each year during the Memorial Day weekend according to the National Safety Council.
Here are some safety tips from the NHTSA on how to protect your family this Memorial Day weekend.
1. Avoid drinking and driving
Driving and alcohol do not mix. Every day, nearly 30 people in the U.S. die in a car crashes involving an alcohol-impaired driver. We encourage you to talk to teens about alcohol if you have young teenage drivers in your house.
2. Keep your windshield clean
Make sure your windshield wipers are in good share and you have a clear view out your windows. A sudden thunderstorm can hinder your visibility more quickly if your windshield is covered with grime.
3. Never leave kids or pets unattended
Do not leave your children or pets in the car unattended. Even if you are just running a quick errand into the store, you need to realize that temperatures inside your car can increase to deadly levels quickly
4. Keep your tires properly inflated
If you’re planning on taking your family or friends on a road trip this Memorial Day weekend, make sure your tires are ready to for the drive by making sure they are inflated properly.
5. Stay alert while driving
Finally on our list is to always stay alert and avoid distracted driving when you get behind the wheel this Memorial Day weekend. It’s important to make sure you get plenty of rest before you leave on your adventure. Allow plenty of time for you to get to your destination and stay hydrated by bringing water with you.
The attorneys and staff at Hardee, Massey & Blodgett hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!