Don't be a statistic this May long weekend - Plan ahead and be safe

Headed out for the Victoria Day long weekend? Wherever you are headed or whatever it is you are doing, plan ahead. Traffic accidents often spike during this time of year, as many British Columbians occupy roads and highways to enjoy recreational activities.

In British Columbia, 58% of impaired-related crashes occur on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Therefore, it would be difficult to find anyone who thinks that drinking and driving is not a real problem on the roads this long weekend. While you can't control how other drivers are conducting themselves, you can control yourself.

Here are some tips to keep you and your loved ones safe this long weekend:

1. Leave on Thursday. As the long weekend approaches, so do the number of drivers on the road. In order to circumvent the number of drivers on the road and correlated traffic, it is advisable to leave when such risk factors are minimal.

2. Be aware of motorcyclists. The change of season calls for a greater number of motorcyclists on road. Be on the lookout for motorcyclists, and always keep a distance when in close proximity to one.

3. Plan ahead. Build time into your schedule for meals, rest breaks, and other business that you may need to take care of.

4. Drive defensively. Be aware of other vehicles on the road. Pay attention to what other drivers are doing, and expect the unexpected so that you are prepared to avoid potential collisions.

5. Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react, thereby increasing the possibility and severity of car accidents.

For too many, road accidents are a reality - especially during the holiday long weekend. In the unfortunate event that you are injured in a motor vehicle accident, Linley Welwood is experienced in guiding individuals through all their claims related needs. For all your personal injury and accidental related needs, call Linley Welwood for a free consultation.

Driving Safety Tips;ICBC Road Safety

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