Memorial Day is upon us, and as usual, the unofficial start of summer is expected to be a busy weekend.
Your personal plans may include travel, parties, family gatherings, and, hopefully, time to remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedoms.
However you plan to spend your holiday weekend, the Keating Agency wants to help you and loved ones be safe and have fun. We offer the following information.
Memorial Day Travel Safety and Places to Go
The American Automobile Association (AAA) says a record number of travelers will spend the 2019 Memorial Day away from home. Of the 43 million Americans traveling more than 50 miles from home, 88% will be behind the wheel of a motor vehicle. That’s 3.5% more drivers than last year.
Auto Credit Express reports that the holiday weekend has the highest number of accidents. A little more than 40% of these accidents involve a drunk driver. This is the highest rate for all major holidays.
To stay safe when driving this holiday weekend, it’s recommended that you:
- Follow the rules of the road: Seat belt, follow the speed limit, be hyper-aware of your surroundings.
- Prepare your car: Fluids, tire pressure, battery. Make sure all are in good working condition.
- Plan ahead: Know your route, have a paper map as a backup, and make sure your cellphone is fully charged.
Memorial Day weekend is a time to enjoy and relax. Being prepared helps make this possible.
Of course, if you plan to stay local this weekend, Connecticut offers plenty of opportunities to observe the meaning of the holiday. Patch reports that World War II Bronze Star veteran John Danaher, Jr. will be Grand Marshal of the West Hartford Memorial Day Parade. One of the things that makes this special is that, in addition to his remarkable service, Mr. Danaher represents a group of veterans that is rapidly shrinking. There are fewer and fewer WWII veterans each year.
If you are unable to attend the West Hartford parade, or are interested in what is happening in other towns, News Channel 12 has this schedule of parades throughout the state happening over the long holiday weekend. This is a great way to honor the true meaning of this holiday.
The Keating Agency hopes you have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend. No matter how you spend it, know that if you find yourself in any type of claim situation, we are here to help you get through it. Give us a call.