According to the National Safety Council, “[Over Memorial Day Weekend,] car travel has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation based on fatalities per passenger mile.” Per their research, alcohol consumption and failure to wear a seatbelt were two major factors of car accident fatalities over Memorial Day Weekend. Discover the details:
Alcohol Consumption Increases Holiday Travel Fatalities
Millions of people plan a fun beach weekend getaway or a trip to see their in-laws in a neighboring state. While alcohol may be a common staple to holiday weekends, it’s best to celebrate these weekends wisely. More people are on the road traveling increases the chance of collisions, injuries, and fatalities. It is vital that you do not drive while intoxicated, as that can severely affect your reaction times and decision-making skills. Here are a few suggestions to keep yourself and others safe while traveling over Memorial Day Weekend:
- Designate a driver if you choose to drink.
- Don’t drive after dark, if possible.
- Always wear your seatbelt.
- Leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles.
When you are traveling over Memorial Day Weekend, make sure you are keeping an eye out for a drunk driver. Read one of our most recent blogs detailing how to spot a drunk driver and avoid a car accident.
Wearing a Seatbelt Decreases Your Chance of Fatality in a Car Accident
Using a seatbelt can drastically decrease your chance of injury or death, as it prohibits your body from being thrown from the vehicle or hitting the dashboard in the event of a car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), using a seatbelt reduces the risk of:
- Front seat passenger car occupant deaths by 45%
- Front seat passenger car occupant moderate to critical injuries by 50%
- Front seat light truck occupant deaths by 60%
- Front seat light truck occupant moderate to critical injuries by 65%
A quick click of your seatbelt can save your life and reduce the likelihood of injuries in the event of a car accident! Always wear your seatbelt, and make sure that children are in appropriate car seats or booster seats to maximize their safety.