According to AAA, 2.3 million Floridians are expected to travel for the long weekend, with increases in the number of people driving, flying and cruising to their destinations.
Falling gas prices in Florida are a key reason Memorial Day travel is expected to be up nearly four percent in 2019.
Car accidents are a major issue in all roads across the world, not only in the United States. However, road carnage in America is the leading cause of deaths in people aged between 2yrs and 34yrs.
If you are to prevent injuries related to road accidents, then the first measure is to avoid the accidents. But then again, you also have to contend with other factors such as bad weather, poor road conditions, other road users, and wildlife and can be the cause of such fate.
However, it still is possible to lower the chances of being involved in a car accident. Below are some tips to always remember when on the roads.
- Your primary effort to avoid such incidents when on the roads should involve you adhering to traffic laws. Negligent driving is perhaps the leading cause of most auto accidents. Things such as speeding and failure to consider prevailing conditions increase the probability of road accidents.
- Driving under the influence is another issue. According to the CDC, 31% of the fatal accidents on the roads in 2013 were linked to impaired driving.
- Some drivers will still get behind the wheel when they are tired. You should always be confident that you are physically and mentally apt to drive when you get into your vehicle.
- Always pay attention and be alert when driving. In as much as some things may be unexpected and beyond your control, you still can better the odds of avoiding an incident if you are alert when behind the wheel.
- As you pay attention to other vehicles, make sure that they can also see you especially during the night. Your daytime running lights should be on during rainy and foggy weather conditions, and your headlights working perfectly at all times.
- Always demand that all passengers buckle up at all times, and the same goes for you when driving. The seat belts should work perfectly for they are designed to help save lives.
- If you are in the correct sitting position, then safety features such as the seat belts and airbags will be effective in saving lives. When driving, avoid being too close to the steering wheel and do not lean or hunch.
- After an accident, ensure your vehicle is parked in a safe place, turn it off, and then call 9-1-1.