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Safety tips for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial gateway to summer, which means that it is also the first big holiday for road trips. Even with fires raging in rural areas of Arizona, people are still going to make their ways to campsites and lakes to celebrate the long weekend.

With that in mind, a number of people are taking to the road. AAA estimates that more than 30 million people will travel at least 50 miles away from home this weekend. This also means that with more cars on the road, drivers have to do extra to share the road. This post will impart some helpful tips to help you avoid being involved in an accident

Keep your cool – With many more cars on the road than usual, and traffic being heavy, chances are that drivers will be hot-tempered, ornery and ready to cut you off. Do not retaliate with your vehicle or other means. Two wrongs don’t make a right, and it certainly won’t help on the freeway.

Be aware of distracted drivers – Despite national campaigns and legislation to prevent distracted driving, people will still use their cell phones while behind the wheel. If you see someone enthralled with their phone in the lane next to you, do you best to get away from them.  In the same vein, don’t be a distracted driver and put the phone down.

Stay alert – It is not uncommon for people to drive while fatigued. With the proliferation of energy drinks, a number of people will try to work through it by having a Red Bull or Mountain Dew Kickstart drink. While these may be helpful, it is best to pull over and take a break. 

Source: “Driver safety tips for Memorial Day weekend,” April 2014

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