Princeton, N.J. (PRWEB) May 29, 2010
CURE Auto Insurance observes Memorial Day weekend by reminding drivers to drive well and get home safe with its top five driving safety tips.
According to AAA, about 32.1 million people are expected to take trips during the final weekend in May. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, Memorial Day weekend is the third deadliest traveling day of the year, with many accidents being alcohol-related. CURE Auto Insurance offers the following driving tips to help ensure that drivers and their families can safely celebrate the holiday weekend.
1. Click it or ticket. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 45 million Americans are still not buckling up when riding in motor vehicles. From May 24 - June 6, 2010, law enforcement officials across the country are participating in the seat belt enforcement program, titled "Click it or Ticket" that encourages all motorists to wear their seat belts - day and night. Drivers caught not wearing their seat belt run the risk of being ticketed. Seat belts are one of the most effective tools in surviving a potentially fatal accident.
2. Perform a pre-trip inspection to avoid car troubles. AAA expects to rescue nearly half a million stranded motorists this Memorial Day weekend. To avoid getting stuck, check your tire pressure, wipers and fluids. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
3. Share the road: Warmer weather and longer days bring more pedestrians doing outdoor activities. Stay alert and watch out for runners, walkers and cyclists. Remember to share the road and yield or stop, depending on state law, for pedestrians in crosswalks.
4. Drowsy driving is distracted driving. Plan out your trip ahead of time so you know where the best places are to stop for gas, food, and rest. Stop every two hours or 100 miles. If you start to feel yourself become drowsy, immediately pull off the road and stop at a safe place to take a nap. Wait at least 10 minutes after waking up to see how alert you are. If you don't feel any more alert, don't drive. Driving when you're drowsy reduces your ability to drive effectively and to think quickly. Reaction time is slower, awareness is decreased, and judgement is impaired. Often the actions of fatigued drivers are confused with drivers who had been drinking and the consequences can be just as fatal.
5. Designate a sober driver before you arrive at a holiday celebration. If you find yourself impaired and without a sober driver, call a taxi or use public transportation to get home safely. Never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking. Also don't rely on someone else who was drinking to drive you home.
For more information on driving safety tips, please visit http://www.cure.com or call 800-535-CURE.
Headquartered in Princeton, N.J., Citizens United Reciprocal Exchange, (CURE) is a not-for-profit reciprocal exchange. Founded in 1990 by New Jersey Insurance Commissioner James J. Sheeran and award-winning insurance expert, Dr. Lena Chang as answer to the insurance crisis in New Jersey, CURE continues to lead the way as the not-for-profit solution for responsible drivers and the "cure" for the continuously evolving auto insurance problems. CURE is currently available in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More information can be found at http://www.cure.com or by calling 800-535-CURE.