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Driving on Memorial Day?


Most people assume the most dangerous time to drive is New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day.

Actually – there are days more dangerous. Here they are in order:

#1: Thanksgiving

#2: Labor Day

#3: Memorial Day

#4: Fourth of July

Ok. Most of our holidays are dangerous times to drive. With Memorial Day upon us – what can you do to avoid car accidents and keep your family safe?

Here are eight tips to consider:

  • Don’t drink and drive (ever). As the first summer holiday weekend – alcohol tends to come into play on Memorial Day in ways it doesn’t on other weekends. Nothing is tied more closely to fatal car accidents than drunk driving – or driving while you’re impaired.   Protect yourself and your family. Don’t drink and drive and if you drink – rely on a sober driver to get you home.
  • Don’t drive distracted. No cell phones for calls or texting. Ever. This behavior ranks up with alcohol for causing serious car accidents.
  • Give yourself lots of time to get to your destination. There are more cars on the roads during holiday weekends than at other times – and the more cars – the more accidents.
  • Drive defensively. Remember the point above – lots of cars means lots of chances for an accident. Drivers make mistakes.
  • Don’t drive if you are tired. Drowsy drivers are almost as bad as drunk drivers.
  • Check your tire pressures and your wiper blades before you hit the road.
  • If you get out of your car to run an errand – even for a short time – do not leave children or pets unattended in a closed car. Temperatures in the vehicle can rise to dangerous levels very quickly.
  • Remember – traffic on the afternoon of Memorial Day Monday will be uniquely heavy. Use caution, drive defensively, stay within speed limits – and avoid distractions to get you and your family home safely.

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