For many people, Memorial Day officially kicks off summer. Many families head straight to the New Jersey beaches or travel out of state for adventures during the extended holiday weekend. However, due to Memorial Day being such a popular time to take excursions, it has earned a reputation as a risky time to drive. According to the National Safety Council, around 400 people lose their lives every year on American highways during Memorial Day weekend. The following are tips for driver safety during one of the busiest weekends of the year.
One of the easiest ways to avoid collisions is to operate cars, trucks, motorcycles, and SUVs that have recently been tuned up. Mechanics can detect and fix vehicular problems before they lead to accidents. Motorists who are unsure about the performance of a vehicle should opt to drive a more reliable one on the road.
Memorial Day picnics often involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Individuals who have alcohol should either get a ride home with someone else who has not been drinking, or take an Uber, Lyft, or taxi. Even driving after having one drink can lead to serious legal repercussions. In New Jersey, anyone caught with a blood alcohol content level of at least 0.08 can be charged with drunk driving.
Despite a major push to halt texting and driving among motor vehicle operators, many people cannot resist picking up their phones. A good practice is to put all cell phones on Do Not Disturb mode when driving, and then stash the phone in the console or glove compartment. With regular practice, drivers can learn to ignore cell phone signals and concentrate on the road.
Drivers and all passengers should wear their seat belts, even for short trips. Many backseat passengers do not recognize the importance of wearing a seatbelt. Drivers must insist on this safety precaution. Additionally, all child car seats need to be adjusted and examined before road trips to make sure they are properly installed.
It can be tempting to get behind the wheel while drowsy but feeling sleepy can lead drivers to make poor decisions and have slower reaction times. Motorists who start to nod off should look for a safe place to pull off the road and rest.
Teens who are learning how to drive or just received their driver’s license may be eager to test their skills. Yet, Memorial Day weekend might not be the best time to take them out on the road. With so many people driving, and a higher chance of accidents because of speeding and distracted driving, parents of new teen drivers might have to take Memorial Day weekend driving off the table.
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