With AAA predicting that
Memorial Day travel will be at its highest since 2005, it is especially important as we head into the holiday weekend to keep
in mind these tips for traveling safely.
Check your car. Before taking a long road trip, have a mechanic check your car for any
safety issues. With rain expected in the area, be sure that your windshield
wipers and headlights are working properly.
Take your time. With so many people travelling, traffic will be moving slowly. Plan for
extra travel time and don’t speed.
Use child safety seats. When used correctly, child safety seats reduce the risk of death by 71 percent.
Buckle up. Most drivers and passengers killed in automobile accidents are unrestrained.
Wearing a seatbelt is legally required in all 50 states and DC, and in
many states drivers may be pulled over for not wearing a seatbelt.
Stay awake. If you get tired on the road, pull over and take a break to stretch your
legs and switch drivers if needed.
Avoid distraction. If you need to use your cell phone while driving, pull over first. If
you’re using a GPS or navigation app, set your destination before
you hit the road. If you’re using a map, have someone else in the
car navigate for you.
Be prepared. Stock your car with a first aid kit, jumper cables, and other emergency supplies.
Don’t drink and drive. If your plan includes drinking alcohol, assign a designated driver or take
public transportation, a taxi, or a ride-hailing service such as Lyft
or Uber to your destination.
For more on child safety seats, see our recent
QuickStart Guide to Infant and Child Car Seats.
Washington D.C. personal injury attorneys can help if you or your child has been injured in an accident. Call our
office for more information.