Getting a few days off of work, spending time with family and taking a nice vacation are all reasons to celebrate during national holidays. However, sometimes these holidays can cause more dangerous conditions, especially on the roads.
Many people go out of town to visit relatives or get away from their normal life during holidays which means more cars on the roads and a higher risk of accidents. So which holidays generally see the most accidents and how can people stay safe during a time for celebration?
Which Holidays See The Most Accidents?
According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, some holidays are riskier than others for road travel. The holidays with the most fatal accidents are:
- Memorial Day – 312 fatal accidents per year
- Labor Day – 308 fatal accidents per year
- The Fourth of July – 307 fatal accidents per year
These top-four accident weekends indicate that the summer holidays are more dangerous than the average weekend and other holidays throughout the year.
How To Stay Safe On The Roads
Proper road safety can help you and your loved ones avoid these serious accidents the next time you hit the highway for the holiday. Follow these tips:
- Never drive while intoxicated or tired
- Avoid distractions while driving
- Take your time, don’t rush
- Be prepared (i.e. map out your route beforehand, make sure you have safety equipment packed)
Make sure your upcoming holiday weekend is a happy one by staying safe to and from your destination.