NSC offers six safe driving tips for Memorial Day weekend | 2022-05-19
Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council estimates that 450 people will lose their lives in preventable crashes over Memorial Day weekend. As one of the most dangerous weekends of the year on the road approaches, NSC urges drivers to plan ahead and practice safe driving behaviors.
Safe driving tips to consider:
Buckle up your seatbelt: Failure to wear seat belts is one of the main causes of death in accidents. Also make sure the correct car seats are installed correctly.
Designate a sober driver or arrange alternate transportation: Alcohol is only one factor in impaired driving. Drugs — including opioids, marijuana, and some over-the-counter medications — can cause drowsiness, impair visual function, and affect mental judgment and motor skills.
To slow down: Speeding is a factor in more than a quarter of all road deaths. Pay attention to speed limits. And keep a watchful eye out for cyclists and pedestrians to keep all road users safe.
Prepare before you go: Before hitting the road, make sure your car is safe to drive. Check oil and tire pressure, and visit ChecktoProtect.org to see if your vehicle has an open recall. (Repairs are free.)
Drive without distraction: Thousands of people have died in vehicle accidents involving the use of cell phones. Put your phone away and #Just Drive.
Look before you lock: Pediatric vehicular heat stroke is the leading cause of non-traffic related death in children. Since 1998, more than 900 children in the United States have died because of this preventable tragedy. Always check your back seat for children or pets when you reach your destination.