Memorial Day is a holiday to remember and honor those who have passed while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It is a weekend to wear patriotic colors, do some outside grilling, and be amongst family and friends.
While Memorial Day weekend brings people together, it also creates a ton of traffic. According to a study released by the National Coalition for Safer Roads Memorial Day weekend is the most dangerous holiday for road and highway accidents. Being that your safety is Frederick Mutual’s #1 priority, here are some roadway safety tips to utilize this upcoming holiday:
Allow for extra travel time – plan and expect increased traffic and understand it may take longer to reach your destination.
If you anticipate a longer travel time remember to get out and stretch every few hours - this will help you stay alert while driving!
Understand when the high-volume traffic is going to be and base your travel time around that. The greatest risk is on Friday afternoon, as people are just getting off of work.
Be aware of what other drivers around you are doing and always expect the unexpected.
Mind your Speed. Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to the traffic around you.
Drive without distractions – put your phone away so you can focus on the road and getting to your destination safely.
If you are taking a road trip with multiple passengers remember to keep your tires properly inflated.
Make sure to rest up and get plenty of sleep prior to your drive!
When driving remember to keep a safe distance between you and the car in front of you.
Use Rideshare or Designate Drivers – even if you don’t drink and drive, there may be others that do. Take precaution to promote safe roadways and remain alert of those around you. Call the police if you notice a vehicle excessively swerving or engaging in unsafe driving practices.
Have a safe and fun Memorial Day weekend!