Memorial Day Weekend travel safety

TIPPECANOE, CO., Ind. (WLFI) – It’s the unofficial start of summer, and during the Memorial Day weekend more than 36 million Americans will travel, making roadways a little more congested.

“Lots of construction, but traffic has been fine,” said driver Colin Biggs.

The roadways are a little more dangerous too.

“I’ve almost got run off the road twice today,” said driver Darrial Goss.

Before travelers head out for a three-day weekend of fun, AAA branch manager Sue Haring said there are a few steps to take.

“The first thing you want to do is make sure that your vehicle is ready and properly maintained,” said Haring. “Nothing ruins a trip quicker than if you have a break down.”

Haring also recommends checking your battery, fluids and tires. Not only will these steps help prevent a delay if you break down, it will keep you and your passengers safe.

“You could have breakdown on the road. You could have an accident, and you don’t want to put your life in danger, and you don’t want to put your passengers lives in danger,” said Haring.

Indiana State Police Sgt. Kim Riley said safe travel is as simple as giving yourself plenty of time and staying alert.

“The main thing is just be alert. Know that you’re on the interstate and there’s other people around you,” said Riley.

Drivers said it’s better to take it slow, and leave early.

“It’s more about getting there safely than it is quickly,” said Biggs.

“Get out early, get where you want to go, get to your destination and park it. That’s my plan,” said Goss.

Even if drivers take all the steps to make sure their vehicle is ready for travel, AAA recommends keeping an emergency kit in your car just in case of a break down.

For more tips on safe travel this summer, click here.

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