It is important to remember to be safe out there on the roads this weekend as many across America will be traveling during the long three-day weekend. Carsforsale.com would like to remind people of a few easy safety tips to help keep everyone out there safe this weekend.
1. Don’t Drive When You Are Tired
Unofficially, Memorial Day marks the first day of summer across America. With the kids out of school for the summer and parents’ vacation days saved up, Memorial Day also involves many road trips. During the three day weekend, people pack up the car and take longer trips than usual due to the extra day of travel.
During long road trips, it is important to remember to take scheduled stops along the way to stretch your legs and switch drivers if possible. Breaking up a long drive will ensure that a single driver doesn’t get tired during long periods behind the wheel.
2. Don’t “Tailgate” or Drive Too Close to the Car in Front of You
It is estimated that 36 million drivers will be traveling this weekend. This number is much higher than last year due to many factors including lower fuel prices than last year as well as the harsh winter in many areas keeping people indoors. With that many people on roads and highways, you will want to keep a reasonable distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
A good rule to follow for this is to allow one car length for every 10 MPH you are traveling. Example: If you are on the highway and driving 65 MPH, a reasonable distance is between 6 and 7 car lengths. This is not always possible with congested roads, but you will need to be focused while you are driving to be able to stop in time.
3. Make Sure Your Vehicle Has Been Properly Maintained Before Leaving
This is likely the first major road trip you have taken this year. You will want to make sure your vehicle is current and up-to-date on any regularly scheduled maintenance. A simple check of your vehicle before hitting the road can save you a lot of possible stress along the way.
You will want to also be sure that your oil has been changed within the recommended window and that the additional miles of the trip will not drastically put you over that limit.
4. Don’t Drink and Drive
Regardless of what weekend it is, this rule should be followed at all times. Many people, who are traveling or staying close to home this weekend, will look to fire up the grill and enjoy the weekend with a few adult beverages.
Even if you choose not to drink this weekend, you will need to be careful when driving and aware that others around you may be impaired. According to MADD.org, or Mothers Against Drunk Driving, in 2012 there were 158 people killed in alcohol related accidents over Memorial Day weekend.
5. Always Wear Your Seat Belt
This is another rule that should always be followed but we would still like to remind you since it continues to be a hot topic for many lawmakers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, or IIHS, there are laws in all 50 states requiring safety belts be worn by those in the front of vehicles and currently 28 states that require seatbelts be worn by all passengers in the vehicle.
Regardless of what your plans are for the Memorial Day weekend, take a moment to stop and reflect of the true meaning of Memorial Day. Everyone at Carsforsale.com would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt ‘Thank you’ to the men and women who are either currently serving or have recently served in the military. Our hearts and prayers also go out to those families or friends who may have lost someone who gave their life to protect and defend this country.