According to projected figures supplied by AAA, the 2016 Memorial Day weekend is expected to have the second highest volume of traffic ever in the history of the holiday that traditionally kicks off the summer. There are reported going to be over 38 million residents of the United States heading out on the nation's highways over the holiday weekend.
The American Trucking Associations are urging truckers, as well as those in passenger vehicles, to pay special attention to highway safety to avoid dangerous collisions. Below are some safety tips that the group's leaders want all drivers to employ for a safer holiday for all.
-- Remember to "Click it or Ticket," as wearing seat belts is a proven lifesaver when accidents occur.
-- Reduce your speed to arrive alive. The risks of accidents are almost three times higher when drivers' speed is faster than that of the rest of traffic. Remember that some work zones on highways will be active on the holiday weekend, so slow it down in construction zones.
-- Big rigs have blinds spots; if when looking in your mirrors you don't see the truck, understand that neither can the driver see you.
-- Holiday weekends often include alcohol consumption, but no drivers should consume alcohol. Either use a ride sharing service or choose a designated driver who doesn't imbibe.
-- When changing lanes or entering or exiting a highway, never cut off a large truck. The sheer weight and size of a semi-truck makes stopping on a dime impossible.
-- Eliminate distractions, as two quick seconds where drivers' attention is off the task at hand doubles the risk of a collision. If you need to send a text or make a call, pull well off the highway to do so.
-- Before leaving home, fill up your radiator and check all of your fluid levels. Also, make sure that your tires are properly inflated, as well as your spare.
If you get into an accident this holiday weekend, if another driver was at fault, you can file a claim for damages with the insurance company of the driver who caused the wreck.
Source: American Trucking Associations, "America’s Road Team Encourages Safety this Memorial Day Weekend," May 26, 2016