Memorial Day Kicks Off the Most Dangerous Season to be on the Road

On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again…

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This year, more than 39.2 million Americans are estimated to travel during Memorial Day weekend, which is the beginning of the summer vacation season. This is the highest volume of drivers on the road since 2005! 1

According to a survey conducted by Michelin, 67% of drivers report feeling safer driving during the summer, while 83% cited better road conditions and 81% cited nicer weather as the reason for feeling safer. 2 However, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more auto accidents occur during the summer than any other time of year. 2

Due to the feeling of security and safety, drivers are 3 times less likely to be more alert and focused on their surroundings while driving during summer months. According to Property and Casualty 360:

  • 81% of drivers reported that they’re less likely to drive cautiously 2
  • 72% reported that they’re less likely to pay close attention to other drivers 2
  • 3x less likely to check the conditions of their tires during the summer 2

Below are several summer driving tips that help you minimize your chances of having an accident during the most dangerous season to be on the road.

Summer Driving Tips

  1. Give your car a check-up: Check the oil and fluid levels, windshield wipers, headlights, and battery before you head out on the road. 2
  2. Check your tires: Make sure your tires have sufficient tread and check your tire pressure. Don’t forget to check the air in your spare tire, too! 2AAA is expecting to rescue more than 330,000 drivers this Memorial Day weekend, with the main causes being flat tires, battery related issues, and being locked out of the car. 1
  3. Be aware of the cars around you: Allow enough room between you and the car in front of you to brake if an unexpected situation arises. 2 
  4. Keep your focus on the road at all times: Don’t get distracted by things like your phone, snacks, or children or pets in the back seat. 2 
  5. Pack an emergency kit: Have an emergency kit for your car that contains items like jumper cables, a flashlight with extra batteries, reflective triangles or flares, a first aid kit, water, and non-perishable food items. Also, have the numbers handy for your roadside assistance provider. 2 
  6. Take breaks during long road trips: Taking breaks every few hours can help you avoid zoning out behind the wheel. 2 

1 AAA: Memorial Day travel at highest level since 2005
2 Memorial Day kicks off the most dangerous season of the year on the road=

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