Memorial Day Weekend Driving Safety Tips


This weekend is the Memorial Day holiday. Are you ready for the fun that is to be had? The grill is fired up, the pool is ready to be used, and millions of us will be hitting the roads to get to our holiday destinations.

Since Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer, many Americans will be traveling for the weekend in near-record numbers. According to AAA, this year more than 41.5 million Americans will be traveling. That’s a nearly 5% increase over last year’s totals and the highest number of travelers than it has been in more than a dozen years. The increase in travelers is happening even despite the fact that gas prices are higher than they have been since 2014.

Still, the majority of travelers will be choosing to drive to their Memorial Day vacation destinations, which means that now is the time that you should start to make sure you are ready to make the drive. Therefore, we have some extremely helpful tips to make sure you have a safe holiday weekend.

If you’ve been neglecting your car, now is the time to get that tune up. You’re absolutely going to want to make sure that your vehicle is in tip top shape. So, make you get your oil changed, your tire pressure checked, and that all your other issues have been addressed and everything is running optimized. Looking to save on service? Check out our service specials page!

Avoid driving during peak hours. If you are driving to your destination, it would be best to not drive when everyone else is hitting the road too. So, if you can, try not to leave when everyone else is. Consider leaving early on Friday morning, or coming home on Sunday evening.

Take lots of breaks. While it may be easy to just keep wanting to drive to get to your destination, it’s going to be important to stop when you feel those tell-tale signs of fatigue. So, stop, grab a cup of coffee and stretch your legs. Driving is monotonous. Don’t let it get to you.

One variable that can’t be predicted is how other drivers are on the road, so make sure you are on high alert while driving this weekend. Defensive driving during busy weekends like this is going to be imperative. In addition, while driving, make sure the entire car is buckled up. No excuses. Oh and if you have little ones in the back seat, make sure they are in proper safety seats.

Don’t speed this weekend. The police are always out in full force during holiday weekends. The last thing you want is an expensive ticket to ruin the start or end of your vacation festivities.

While we know you are planning for a great Memorial Day weekend, therefore we want you to drive in a smart and cautious way. Making sure you are safe along the way is something that is so easy to do, but is also easy to take for granted.

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