With Memorial Day coming this weekend, the annual vacation exodus will begin in earnest on Friday. Indeed, many will attempt to beat the traffic by leaving on Thursday evening, but roads are expected to be the most congested on Friday and Monday. Add in construction projects at various points across the state, and the chances of a car or motorcycle accident increases dramatically.

While most drivers act sensibly on the road, not every driver will. Nevertheless, there are a number of things an otherwise prudent driver can do to avoid being in an accident. This post will highlight a few.

Put the phone down – The public service announcements on distracted driving should drive home the message, but many drivers believe that they can safely text and drive. Others believe that their phones are essential for following directions on their phones. The reality is that using your phone while behind the wheel can divert your attention in moments where you should be paying attention to the road.

Refrain from aggressive driving – The natural inclination to trim an hour or so off your trip, or to avoid the bottlenecks created by construction projects may cause you to drive more aggressively. Instead of trying to control this part of the holiday experience, allow yourself plenty of travel time and simply enjoy the ride.  

Don’t drive drunk – People generally understand that drunk driving is illegal, but they may still they are ok to drive since they are only “tipsy” or “buzzed.” To borrow the phrase from PSAs, “buzzed driving is drunk driving.”

We wish our readers a safe and happy holiday. If you have questions about your rights and options after a car accident, an experienced personal injury attorney can advise you.