Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start to summer. Many will enjoy driving on vacation, up to their cabin, or any other destination. Since it is an extended weekend, there will be an increase of traffic on the roads. By following some tips, you can help to keep you and your passengers safe while driving. Having a hands free device will help you to use your phone, without being distracted. Also make sure that your vehicle is in the best condition to drive. Following regular maintenance will help ensure that it is safe and reliable for your trip.

Memorial Day traffic

Since there is an increase in traffic, remember to allow plenty of travel time. This will help avoid frustration and an impulse to speed. If the weather is going to be less than ideal, also remember to allow a little extra time. If there is heavy rain or hail, the traffic may be going slower than the posted speed limit. Always drive a speed that you are comfortable at. This way you will be able to react to anything that may be on the road, or pop out of the ditch. As you drive, it would also be rare to not come across any road construction. Summer is the time where all road projects take place. You will want to check ahead and allow enough time incase you encounter construction.


As you drive, always make sure to leave enough distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If the roads are less than ideal or there is construction, you will want to increase this length as well. Doing so will allow you to adjust your driving speed or react in case the vehicle in front of you slams on the brakes. This will help keep you and your passengers safe, especially during this holiday weekend.