Safe Driving Reminders for Memorial Day

Posted By Regan Zambri Long, PLLC || 25-May-2017

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.

Our 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.

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