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Memorial Day Weekend Safe Driving Tips

Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on May 22, 2014 in General Interest

According to AAA more than 36 million Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more from home this coming weekend. About 80 percent of people traveling will be driving to their destination, which means about 28 million drivers will be on the roads between Thursday May 22 and Monday May 26.

Myrtle Beach is expected to be extremely busy this weekend with a combination or tourists and bikers hitting the Grand Strand. Many roads will be available to limited traffic while others will be entirely closed.

Memorial Day is a notoriously busy time on the road so its not surprising to find that motor vehicle accidents around that time tend to increase. In 2009, the most recent year statistics are available in the state, May had the third highest number of car accidents.

If you plan to travel this weekend, the auto accident attorneys at Harbin Law are recommending the following safety tips:

  • If you plan on drinking, designate a driver or use a taxi service to get home safely.
  • Always wear your seatbelt and make sure everyone else in your vehicle is wearing theirs.
  • Respect the posted speed limits, especially if you are traveling far from home.
  • Avoid distractions such as your cellphone or other mobile devices.
  • Make sure you leave early enough so that you are not rushing to your destination.
  • Children should never be left unattended in a vehicle, temperatures inside a car can increase to deadly levels very quickly.
  • Always get enough rest before hitting the road, this is especially important if you plan on leaving during the early morning hours.

According to the National Safety Council, for the Memorial Day weekend the council is estimated that that there will be more than 380 traffic fatalities nationwide and that another 41,000 injuries will be reported.

Harbin Law would like to remind everyone to drive safely this weekend.

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