The number of fatalities due to motor vehicle accidents this Memorial Day weekend is expected to be at its highest since 2012, according to a National Safety Council estimate.
1. Practice defensive driving.
Buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation, get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions.
Use Child Safety Seats
Make sure children are restrained in safety seats that are appropriate for their height, age and weight.
Assign a Designated Driver
Designate an alcohol and drug-free driver or arrange alternate transportation. Impairment begins with the first drink.
Take Breaks While Traveling
Get plenty of sleep and take regular breaks to avoid fatigue.
Don't Get Distracted
Never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands-free.
Monitor Teen Drivers
Stay engaged in teens' driving habits; visit DriveitHOME.org for resources.
Know your vehicle's features.
Learn about your vehicle's safety systems and how to use them. MyCarDoesWhat can help drivers understand the ins and outs of features such as adaptive cruise control, blind spot warning systems and backup cameras.