- More people die from driving than any other major form of transportation.
- 2/3 of accidents that happen during Memorial weekend are fatal.
- You are four times more likely to die in a traffic accident during Memorial Day weekend than any other weekend.
Common reasons why accidents occur
- Impaired Driving – People tend to drink more alcohol during holiday weekends. Those with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher represent over a quarter of total traffic fatalities in 2016. During the memorial weekend, this percentage increased to 36%. Avoid using drugs and alcohol to keep you and your loved ones safe during the holiday weekend.
- More People on the Road – Having more people on the road means that there is going to be more traffic. Traffic is known to be directly related to more car accidents. Leaving early can be helpful for a few reasons. First of all, there is less traffic in the morning. Second, people tend to be more alert in the morning and they are less likely to be in a rush. Just be sure to leave after the sun begins to rise.
- Distractions – Driving while distracted is another common cause of accidents. Distractions can include anything from using your phone to searching for items. Avoid texting and taking phone calls while you are behind the wheel. If you need to use your phone, pull over at a designated rest stop, or find an area where you can safely take care of what you need to do.
- Sleep Deprivation – Sleep is crucial when it comes to staying alert. A lack of sleep can cause people to react slower and may lead to an accident that could have been prevented. Make sure that you go to bed early enough to get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep the night before you will be traveling.
- Failure to Wear a Seatbelt – It may seem obvious, but many people don’t wear their seatbelt. But studies have shown that wearing one could have prevented many of the fatalities that previously occurred as a result of an accident over the memorial holiday weekend. The National Safety Council estimates that 157 lives may be saved this year during Memorial Day weekend if the driver wears their seatbelt. Increase this number by 95 if everyone in the car wears their safety belt.