Protect yourself against car accidents

Safety guidelines for driving on Memorial Day weekend can protect your loved ones. When a spring holiday arrives, people like to get out and enjoy the nice weather. Memorial Day weekend is a time for picnics, ball games, boating and other outdoor activities. It also results in more traffic on the roadways. Many people in Texas head to the coastal areas, such as Corpus Christi, San Padre Island, Port Aransas and Galveston. By the end of May, temperatures are already hot in these locations.

Unfortunately, car crashes also tend to rise along with the increase in drivers on the road.

FAQs that provide safety guidelines for driving on Memorial Day Weekend

The following safety tips can help keep you safe during holiday outings.

How can driving at different times of day help you stay safe?

The American Safety Council recommends not driving during the hottest times of the day, which is between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Staying cool can reduce the stress people experience from the heat. When drivers feel stressed, they are more prone to making mistakes. Human error is one of the main reasons for car accidents.

Why should you follow the speed limit?

Posted speed limits help drivers avoid the dangers of driving faster than road conditions allow. Also, you can expect the police to be out on a holiday weekend, passing out tickets.

What should you watch out for on the road?

Extra traffic can lead to road congestion. You might have to deal with out-of-town drivers who are unfamiliar with the area. Also, as tension mounts, you may encounter traffic jams, drivers with road rage, and an increased number of accidents that back up freeways.

How do teen drivers pose a risk?

Lack of driving experience is the main factor that can make teen drivers a hazard. In particular, watch out for young drivers who are texting while driving. Texting is the worst driving distraction because it affects drivers physically, cognitively and visually.

Why are tire blowouts more likely to happen during warm weather?

As temperatures rise, tires expand. If too much pressure builds up, your tires can blow out. As a safety precaution, check the pressure in your tires and the tread before setting out on your holiday weekend.

What other car maintenance factors should you check?

Make sure your vehicle fluid levels such as water, coolant, gas, brake fluid, oil and washer fluid are at the appropriate levels. In addition, ensure your vehicle’s radiator is functioning well and that the fan belt is in good shape. Doing this can help you avoid overheating.

The Law Office of Michael R. De La Paz handles accident cases nationwide and throughout the State of Texas. If you were in a car accident, arrange a free consultation today to evaluate your potential case.