Summer seems so far away right now in Wisconsin. Many of us are itching to get out of the house, leave the work behind, and catch a little rest and relaxation at a destination just a drive away. Wisconsin people are not alone; according to AAA, there will be a million more drivers on the road this Memorial Day weekend. The forecast is nearly 40 million total travelers sharing the road over this one single weekend! If this sounds like an extraordinary number, consider the statistics from ValuePenguin which indicate you are four times as likely to die in a traffic accident over Memorial Day weekend, than on a normal weekend.
Which Holidays are Most Risky to Travel?
Which holidays are the most dangerous? It’s common to think that New Year’s is the most dangerous weekend to be on the road. Not so. According to NHTSA, the highest number of fatal accidents occur during the summer holidays. The same statistics show that that the holiday upon us, Memorial Day, has more traffic fatalities than any other holiday weekend. Why? There is no one thing that contributes to the accident fatalities. We could conclude that it’s due to a combination of things including; the sheer number of drivers on the road, distracted driving, long driving, night driving, and substance or alcohol consumption.
Once Memorial Day Weekend ends, there are more dangerous driving weekends to be aware of. Before planning you next family trip, consider the times that are most risky to be on the road. These holidays include The Fourth of July, Labor Day Weekend, and Spring Break, (which often falls around Easter).
Accident Prevention Tips From Your Car Accident Attorney
There is no reason why accident statistics should prevent road trips to favorite destinations over holiday weekends. But, in the least, let it be a reminder to drive with patience and awareness. Nothing is more precious than human life. Steer clear of things that can distract safe driving, such as texting, talking on the phone, applying makeup, eating while driving, or falling asleep at the wheel. Pull over when you need to, give yourself some extra time, and be courteous of other drivers. Lastly, be certain that your vehicle is safe for the road and has up-to-date maintenance. Common-sense driving habits will help ensure that you get to your destination and home again safely.
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