Memorial Day Travel Safety
Even as gas prices are on the rise, most Americans are still planning to travel during the upcoming Memorial Day weekend according to a recent AAA survey. The number of people who told AAA they would travel more than 50 miles from home increased by over 100,000. Almost nine out of ten holiday travelers (88 percent) will take to the nation’s roadways during the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
The following are good reminders as you prepare to take to the road during the Memorial Day travel weekend.
§ Buckle your safety belt – it’s the best way to stay safe in a vehicle and remember, the national Click It or Ticket program is in full swing over the holiday weekend.
§ Put down the cell phone – 80% of accidents are related to driver distraction – and never text and drive!
§ Don’t drink and drive – even one alcoholic drink can reduce your abilities and impair your judgment.
§ Be prepared – take a map, atlas, or GPS device; make sure your spare tire is inflated and you know how to change it; have your car serviced before heading out; include an emergency kit with water and snacks in case you’re stranded for more than a few hours; refuel BEFORE your gas warning indicator displays.
§ Turn down the music – hearing sirens and emergency vehicles is an important warning to slow down and drive cautiously - you may be approaching an accident scene.
§ Keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel – eating, looking for CDs, and digging for things in the floorboard or back seat can lead to trouble.
§ Get plenty of rest – make sure you’re well rested before getting behind the wheel, rotate driving duties with others in the car to avoid becoming too sleepy or distracted.
§ Take frequent breaks – stop, get out of the vehicle, and stretch your legs often.
§ Be courteous - because of the volume of vehicles on the road, you’re bound to run into a few traffic jams, be cut off, or be forced to stop short - remain calm and courteous - don’t let other drivers ruin your holiday.
Travel safely and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend!
Sheriff Ron Ridley