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Tips for Safe Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

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According to CBS news, Memorial Day Weekend is considered the deadliest holiday for car accidents.  AAA expects 34.6 million Americans to drive to their destinations this year.  Drivers and passengers are four more times as likely to die in a traffic accident during Memorial Day Weekend.

Tips for Safe Driving Over Memorial Day Weekend

  1. Buckle Up:  Memorial Day weekend takes place during National Click It or Ticket Enforcement Week.  You should always wear your seat belt regardless where you are at in the car.  Wearing seat belts save lives.
  2. Drive Slow:  You will be experiencing heavier traffic therefore the faster you drive the more likely you could be involved in a crash
    1. Pay attention to the road: Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents especially if there are more passengers in the vehicle.  Families and friends will be piled in vehicles heading to their destinations which could result in a very distracted driver.
  3. Have a Designated Driver: Always have a designated driver or utilize a ride-sharing service to take you.
  4. Keep your Vehicle Well-Maintained: Make sure your vehicle has been checked.  Having to pull over at any time on the highway can put you in harm’s way.
  5. Know about Road Construction: Be aware of any road construction on your traveled route.  At any point when traffic has to slow down for construction or another accident this increases the chance of a crash.  If possible, try to take a different route.
  6. Leave extra room: Always make sure there is plenty of room between you and the vehicle ahead.
  7. Travel during less congested times:  The best times to drive are before 6 a.m., between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., and after 8 p.m.   A study looked at Memorial Day traffic, and found that traffic is clogged on Friday until about 7:00 p.m.  The worst time to hit the road is between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m.  However, Thursday is now worse than traveling on Friday on Memorial Day Weekend.

If you have been injured in an auto accident, make sure you also have a good, experienced, and reputable auto accident lawyer in Illinois to advise you.  The attorneys at Sam C. Mitchell & Associates work exclusively for people injured in accidents. They make sure that you get all of the compensation you are entitled to.  Contact our Illinois auto accident attorneys at Sam C. Mitchell & Associates today by calling (618) 505-1660 to begin your road to recovery now.