If you are like many Americans, you want to get out and have fun during the Memorial Day, July 4th, or Labor Day weekends. You may be here from out of town to visit Las Vegas’ famous casinos or to catch a show. Whatever activities you have planned, the last thing you want to do is be the victim of an automobile accident. Unfortunately, with fatalities in crashes nationwide on the rise by eight percent in 2015, the risk that you or your family will be seriously injured on Nevada’s roads this holiday are greater than ever. However, you can take steps to keep your family safe.
Follow These Tips to Keep Your Summer Holiday Weekend Accident-Free
While you cannot control how other motorists drive, you can drive defensively—and insist family members do so as well. Here are ways to avoid being a victim of a crash:
Ensure that all passengers—including those in the backseat—buckle up. Seatbelts can go a long way in preventing serious injuries or death of a driver or a passenger if another driver hits you.
Traffic will be extra busy both on the highways and in town, so you have to be extra alert for other motorists who may not be as careful as you.
You may be tempted to speed to get to your destination more quickly. Don’t. Speeding—especially when traffic is congested—could leave you insufficient time if you need to stop, slow down, or take other quick actions to prevent a crash.
Be sure to get a good night’s sleep before you start out on your trip. If you feel drowsy on the road, pull over at a rest stop or side of the road to rest or switch drivers.
Especially with the busy holiday traffic, you want to be certain to leave enough space between the vehicle in front of you and your car to avoid causing a rear-end collision that could turn into a multi-vehicle crash on the highway.
Don’t text or talk.
Talking on a cellphone—even if it is hands-free—or texting while driving takes your eyes and mind off the road and your hands off the wheel. This is always a dangerous practice and even more so during holidays.
Don’t drink and drive.
Alcohol impairs your reaction time, your alertness, and your decision-making abilities as well as making you drowsy. If you plan to drink on a holiday weekend, appoint a designated driver who agrees not to drink—and sticks to his promise.
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