Are you one of the millions of people who will hit the road over the long Memorial Day weekend? With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use your seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If you plan on drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink.
Other tips for a safe trip include:
1. Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
2. Use caution in work zones. There are lots of construction projects underway on the highways.
3. Don’t follow other vehicles too closely.
4. Make frequent stops.
5. Clean your vehicle’s lights and windows to help you see, especially at night.
6. Turn your headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather.
7. Don’t overdrive your headlights.
8. Don’t let your vehicle’s gas tank get too low. If you have car trouble, pull as far as possible off the highway.
9. Carry a Disaster Supplies Kit in your trunk.
10. Let someone know where you are going, your route and when you expect to get there. If your car gets stuck along the way, help can be sent along your predetermined route.
Having a fun weekend starts with having a safe one. There will be a lot of drivers carelessly making bad decisions all in an attempt to get to their destination quicker, but arriving safely only means arriving a couple of minutes later.