Whether you're planning to hop in the car and head to the beach or you just want to stay home and enjoy the holiday weekend, you should be sure to keep car safety in mind. Memorial Day is notorious for celebrations and barbeques, and this often includes indulging in a few alcoholic drinks. Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) is reminding people to think twice before getting behind the wheel after the parties are over.
"MADD wants people to be safe on the roads this holiday weekend, so we have some tips to help," said MADD national president Jan Withers. "Coupled with law enforcement's efforts to deter and detect drunk driving, we hope this information will help keep our loved ones safe."
The organization recommends people plan ahead if they want to commemorate the beginning of summer with a few brews. Choose a designated driver before the festivities begin, and be extra careful and aware on the road. There is likely to be an increase of pedestrians, so it's especially important to observe the speed limits and pay attention to everything going on around you. MADD also suggests watching out for other motorists who appear to be driving erratically. If you notice this behavior, it is best to stay out of their way. If they are behind you, pull over and let them pass rather than risk being nearby if they lose control of their vehicle.
It can also be a good idea to get a tuneup before the weekend to ensure your car is running smoothly and reduce the risk of a crash when you're trying to enjoy the holiday. The automotive experts at New Jersey State Auto Auction's Total Car Care Center can perform routine maintenance and address any necessary repairs so your car is running well this Memorial Day.