Memorial Day is a holiday to remember for those who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedom. Although not technically the first day of summer, many people think of Memorial Day that way. As we are looking forward to a long, warm weekend of relaxation, it is important to remember to stay safe on the road. Memorial Day is historically one of the heaviest travel days of the year, and more cars mean more accidents. If you plan on traveling this Memorial Day, remember these safety tips:
- Do not drink and drive. Although this seems obvious, the truth is that nearly 30 people are fatally injured in car accidents involving a drunk driver every day in the United States. If you have a teenager, take the time to talk to them about the dangers of drunk driving and remind them frequently that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If you plan on drinking this Memorial Day, download a ride sharing app or designate a sober driver.
- Obtain plenty of rest. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Obtaining full eight hours of sleep the night before you travel will help you stay safe and alert.
- Inflate your tires. Make sure your tires are ready by ensuring that they are inflated to the proper tire pressure. Too much or too little pressure can result in a wreck. Driving on hot surfaces can increase the risk of tire problems.
- Replace your wiper blades. Summer storms can happen without warning. Make sure that your wipers are fresh because grime and dust on your windshield can reduce visibility and result in an accident.
- Use headlights appropriately. Do not use bright lights in oncoming traffic. Make sure your lights are clean and do not forget to turn on your headlights if your wipers are on, or as dusk approaches.
- Fill up. Never let your gas tank get too low.
- Do not leave children unattended in your car. Even if you are only gone for a minute, the temperature inside your car can skyrocket to a fatal level. Bring your children and pets with you when you exit the car.
- Buckle up. Always wear your seat belt and observe the speed limit.
- Never rush. Leave with enough time to spare so that if you hit traffic, you will not get aggravated or feel like you need to speed to make up lost time.
- Avoid tailgating. Always maintain a safe following distance.
- Be prepared. Carry a disaster supply kit in your trunk complete with a flashlight, non-perishable food items, a blanket, and road flares. It is vital to also take frequent rest breaks.
- Do not use your cellphone while driving. Distracted driving is dangerous. Avoid using your cellphone or engaging in other distractions, such as eating or grooming, while behind the wheel.
Columbia Car Accident Lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. Represent People Injured by Negligent Drivers
Memorial Day should be fun and safe for everyone. However, some people do not take the safety of others into consideration by using their cellphones while driving, driving drunk, or engaging in other negligent conduct. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident, the Columbia car accident lawyers at Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A. can help. Call us today at 803-929-3600 or contact us online.
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