As Memorial Day approaches, many American families are making their first weekend travel plans since the start of the pandemic. Though holiday traffic is still not expected to surpass pre-COVID-19 volume, AAA research predicts a 60% increase in Memorial Day travel from 2020 to 2021. With millions eager to reclaim a sense of normalcy and leisure, it is as necessary as ever to keep safety a top priority this holiday weekend.
If your weekend plans entail hitting the road, you are far from alone. The same AAA report referenced above found that over 90% of vacationing Americans plan to drive to their destinations. Drivers in many regions are likely to witness the highest traffic density in well over a year, presenting unique challenges and safety concerns. Before you ease off the brake, review our quick list of tips and reminders for rusty drivers to help you make it to your weekend getaway safely.
Regardless of how you intend to arrive at your destination, you will undoubtedly see the impacts of recently updated CDC guidelines all around you. Both businesses and pedestrians are working steadily toward the removal of masks and the resumption of more traditional social practices. However, it is important to note that the threat of COVID-19 has yet to be effectively contained, and not every individual travelling out of state this season will be fully vaccinated. Avoid following this trend by ensuring that you and any travel companions have received all necessary shots and have your vaccination cards on hand. It may also still be wise to maintain mask usage in crowded spaces as an added precaution. Do not forget that they are still required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals on all forms of public transportation, including airplanes.
Wherever this Memorial Day takes you, please do your part to keep yourself and your loved ones safe and healthy. If an unexpected injury sends your plans into disarray, the trusted attorneys at Regan Zambri Long are eager to help you regain your sense of security. Contact us today for a no-cost consultation.Tagged auto accidents, COVID, Covid-19, driving, Memorial Day, safe driving, vacation travel, Vaccinations