Memorial Day weekend is typically one of the busiest travel days of the year. Many Utahns visit a cemetery, go to a barbecue, and explore a park. Perhaps you have considered spending your long weekend visiting one of Utah’s beautiful national parks. If this is in the cards for you, according to an article in KSL, U.S. officials are expecting record numbers for this holiday weekend, especially at Zion’s National Park. The KSL article points out that officials said 75,000 people visited the park last year during the Memorial Day weekend and at one point, the lines for the park shuttles were two hours long. Although the park officials have extended the hours and have added staff, visitors should probably expect long lines and crowds.
Utahns are not the only ones expected to travel this weekend. According to CBS, roughly 42 million Americans will travel this weekend, even though there are expected higher gas prices. At The Advocates Law Firm, we would like to help you make your holiday travels as safe as possible. We encourage you to follow some of the following suggestions:
- Check Your Car. Be sure your car is ready to drive. For example, make sure your tires are inflated. Always be sure your vehicle has a sufficient level of gas. Clean your windshield, etc. There are many things you will want to attend to before you hit the road.
- Never Drive Drunk. Never get behind the wheel when you’ve been drinking. You not only put your own life at risk but the risk of other people on the road. Across the United States, almost 30 people die in a crash in which alcohol was a factor. Ask someone else to drive or delay the trip until you are prepared to drive.
- Don’t Use Your Cell Phone. Avoid cell phone use while driving. Any distraction that diverts your attention from the road makes driving more perilous. Cell phone use while driving is one of the principle distractions reported by people in an accident.
- Always Wear Your Seatbelt. This suggestion might seem like a given; however, every year, there are thousands of people across the United States who are seriously injured because they fail to properly use a safety restraint.
- Avoid Drowsy Driving. Avoid driving when you at all tired. At times, it may seem tempting to leave a little later or a little earlier to maximize your time for a long weekend. This practice can work, but you must be sure that you are alert enough to do so. If you are feeling even the slightest bit tired, either ask someone else to drive or pull over and don’t drive again until you’re ready.
Ultimately, we want to be sure that you have a safe holiday weekend. When you are contemplating whether or not to incorporate one of these safety tips, ask yourself if it will increase your safety at all. Every safety measure that might increase the likelihood that you will be safe should be taken. As always, if you have any questions regarding any of the tips we offered in this article or about an accident, contact The Advocates Law Firm.