BEST TIP FOR THIS WEEKEND: Plan on leaving early
According to AAA Arizona, this year's Memorial Day Weekend is expected to have the first increase in holiday travel in 5 years. What that means then, is that you should be a little more prepared--and vigilant--during your travels this weekend. Extra precaution is important whether you are one of the estimated 700,000 Arizonans who are travelling from home, or one of the “stay-cationers” who are staying local.
If you're like me, the first thing you think of when you hear "increased travel" is TRAFFIC JAMS. Traffic will undoubtedly be slower as our highway systems are crowded. Crowded roadways only increase the potential for motor vehicle collisions. First of all, there are way more cars crammed into the same small place, making car-to-car contact much more likely. Secondly, visibility is dramatically decreased as cars become boxed in by one another. Thirdly, the speed differential increases between the slow lanes and fast lanes, making it quite dangerous to merge from one lane to another.
Lastly, patience is short, tempers flare, and from that combination bad things happen. Have you ever noticed how the slower traffic gets, the more frustrated drivers seem to be? The opposite is true when we're cruising down the highway without a hitch. Unfamiliar places and shaky directions can also add to stress. Be aware of your emotional state while you drive, as well as that of the other drivers. Remember, this is supposed to be a fun holiday weekend!!
Arriving safely is only part of the battle. Hotels,
pools, lakes, and trails will be a bit busier this year, so have a little more
awareness. Boating, especially, requires alertness as there is often a
convergence of watercraft, alcohol, swimmers, and children. In
Be mindful of the increased traffic this year, and keep safety in mind as you relax and let loose a little.
I want to wish you and your family a happy Memorial Day weekend--you deserve it!