The American Automobile Association today released a forecast of Memorial Day weekend travel for 2010. According to the forecast, more than 32 million Americans will be traveling over the long weekend this year –an increase of more than 5% from last year’s Memorial Day weekend. 87% of the vacationing travelers (28 million people) will travel by car.
More surprising, perhaps, is AAA’s forecast that the average distance that will be traveled by vacationers during the Memorial Day weekend will be approximately 620 miles. Clearly, many of those mini-vacations will not be “staycations” but quite extensive trips.
Many of the cars on the road over the weekend will be filled with families with kids. For the safety of such families (and focusing in particular on preventing injuries to children), Parents Magazine offers a list of useful tips, including:
- getting a tune-up for your car (you still have plenty of time to do this before the Memorial Day weekend!)
- making sure that you get a good night’s sleep before setting off (so don’t put off packing until the night before the trip…)
- preparing an emergency kit, including first-aid supplies
- planning ahead where you will stash heavy objects and how to secure them, so that they won’t fly around the car and injure anyone in case you have to stop abruptly.
planning ahead where you will stash heavy objects and how to secure them, so that they won’t fly around the car and injure anyone in case you have to stop abruptly.
While taking precautions lessens the risk of injuries during travel, unfortunately, many people are still injured in car crashes in North Carolina and throughout the U.S. during the busy travel time around Memorial Day.
The experienced South Carolina car accident attorneys at Lee & Smith represent people injured in accidents in both North and South Carolina. If you or someone you love has been injured in such an accident, please contact us by phone or email for a free consultation regarding your case.