It’s no secret that Memorial Day weekend is one of the most dangerous travel weekends of the year. Because of that, we want to give you a few quick reminders of how to have a great long weekend that isn’t ruined by a car accident.
- Slow down. According to southerninsurance.com, during Memorial Day weekend drivers are 27% more likely to run red lights. We know you’re ready to head out to the beach or the mountains for a relaxing weekend,but running red lights is probably going to cost you time, not save it.
- Plan your route. If you’re traveling somewhere new, make sure you have your route planned out. Don’t just rely on navigation systems. Sometimes they’re wrong! Take your atlas with you just in case.
- Plan for delays. If you’re traveling through metro areas you may hit some traffic jams. Plan for these and they won’t seem quite as painful. Have extra snacks, a traffic jam playlist, and maybe even an emergency magazine to read if you’re really stuck and not moving. (Do not read magazines and drive.)
- Seek out gas deals. Fill up early in the week if possible to avoid holiday fuel hikes and use apps like Gas Buddy to find the best deals near you.
- Be alert and focused – not distracted! Memorial Day weekend is no time to be changing radio stations and talking on the phone while driving. There are more cars on the road and that means you need to pay even closer attention than usual. Watch for speeding drivers, watch for others running red lights, and keep an eye out for drivers who may have been drinking.
We want you to have an awesome long weekend and we want you to be safe! This is a “driving” weekend, meaning most people are traveling by car, so it’s important to pay attention and be distraction free.