41.5 million: The number of people who are expected to partake in Memorial Day travel this year. That number is the highest since 2005, despite rising gas prices; the highest since Memorial day 2014. The national average price per gallon is sitting at about $2.95. Combine that with Memorial Day being the unofficial kick-off of summer and with more people employed with growing incomes; people are ready for a getaway.
According to Bill Sutherland, senior vice president, AAA Travel and Publishing, “The highest gas prices since 2014 won’t keep travelers home this Memorial Day weekend, a strong economy and growing consumer confidence are giving Americans all the motivation they need to kick off what we expect to be a busy summer travel season with a Memorial Day getaway.” What does this mean? The amount of car accidents is likely to go up with the influx of travelers. Many locations in Florida are especially vulnerable to an increase in car accidents as they are popular destinations for holiday travelers. Orlando tops the list as the most popular destination, however, Miami along with Florida beaches are expected to be crowded as well.
Hancock Injury Attorneys want you and your family to have a safe, fun holiday weekend. The best way to accomplish that is to follow these tips to make sure you are driving safely and that your vehicle is operating the way it should be.
- Know the weather forecast: In the Tampa Bay Area it is expected to be mostly rainy and windy due to the coming sub-tropical storm. Try to avoid driving in rainy conditions.
- Make sure your vehicle is operating and ready to handle the drive: Check your headlights, brake lights, and oil levels, as well as ensuring tire pressure is adequate, all belts and hoses are ready, and your antifreeze is at the appropriate level. Also, if you are driving a long distance, have a professional inspect the vehicle to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
- Plan your route: Make sure you know where you are going and how you are getting there before you start the drive. This will prevent any distracted driving from looking at your phone’s GPS and help you pick the best way to go to avoid any slow-downs or jammed roads.
- Do Not Drink and Drive: Memorial Day is obviously a holiday that is celebrated with events that include drinking much of the time. That is no excuse to drive drunk. Make sure you have a designated driver or plans to leave the next day after festivities have ended.
- Check out this post for even more car safety tips for Memorial Day travel.
Memorial Day travel should be an exciting journey with your family to start off the summer. Do not let a preventable car accident get in the way of your fun!