Officials are urging caution on the roads during Memorial Day weekend, as AAA is expecting over 40 million drivers on the road, a 6% increase from 2022. Experts advise travelers to make sure they are in a good state to drive, stay off phones, and plan accordingly for potential traffic delays due to construction. Those planning to drink should have a designated driver or a safe way to get home. It is important to slow down in construction areas and follow the posted speed limit to mitigate the risks of a crash.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, holiday travel is expected to increase significantly. Based on WAOW, AAA is expecting over 40 million drivers on the road, which is a 6% increase from 2022. With more people on the road, officials are urging caution and safety.
For those planning to travel, experts recommend being in a good state to drive, especially for long distances. Distracted driving is also a major concern, so it’s important to stay off phones while behind the wheel. Patience may also be necessary with increased travel, as traffic delays are expected.
It’s also important to plan accordingly, as construction season is in full swing. Slowing down in construction areas is crucial, as they will be present along many routes. Rishelle Eithum with UW-Health advises travelers to follow the posted speed limit, especially in construction zones, to mitigate the risks of a crash.
Drinking and driving is another major concern during holiday weekends. Eithum advises having a designated driver or a safe way to get home if alcohol is involved. “Adults partake in alcohol, and so I think if we can make sure that as we’re doing that, have a designated driver so we’re able to mitigate those risks,” she said.
Hence, it’s important to prioritize safety while traveling this Memorial Day weekend. With more drivers on the road and potential traffic delays, planning ahead and being patient can help ensure a smooth and safe journey.