Sometimes the best advice for avoiding accidents is to stay off the road. When you live in or around a large city, you get used to hearing daily traffic reports of accidents that are clogging the highways or making a commute difficult. It probably doesn’t surprise you to learn that there are more accidents on the weekends than weekdays, and that weekend accidents are more than five times more likely to involve alcohol than those that occur Monday through Thursday.

So this weekend is a big weekend for parties. It’s Cinco de Mayo, and while it’s not a big holiday in Mexico, in the United States Cinco de Mayo has become known as a day of celebration of the Mexican heritage. I mention that here because, whenever there’s a reason to party, you need to be more aware when you’re out driving aroiund.

Football weekends, graduation weekends, and holiday weekends always bring out the drunk drivers. If you can avoid being on the roads, the best way to stay safe is to do it.

If you have to go out, or if your kids will be out driving around, remember and share these safety tips:

1. Keep a safe distance behind other driver and watch the rear mirror for drivers who may be following too close.

2. If another driver on the road with you is weaving over the center line or appears to be impaired, don’t just blow by him or her and hope they don’t hit you or someone else. Exit the roadway, pull into a well lit and safe location, and then dial 911. It’s far better to report a suspected drunk driver than to have that driver cause an accident that harms another driver or himself. Always report suspected drunk drivers.

3. Don’t drink and drive. This is one of those “no brainer” tips, but many people believe they can have “one or two” and still drive. You can’t. You shouldn’t. Even one alcoholic beverage can impair your judgement, particularly if you are using prescription medications. Even some over the counter medicines (allergy pills, for example) can impair your ability to operate a vehicle, and when mixed with alcohol, it can become a deadly combination.

Keep your eyes peeled whenever you are out and about on weekends. Watch not only for drunk drivers, but for distracted drivers too. Whether it’s screaming kids in the car or an “important” text message, always assume that the drivers around you are distracted. Make it your job to keep a safe distance and keep an eye on the other drivers that surround you on the road.

If you are injured in an accident, contact David Van Sant. David Van Sant is an Alpharetta accident attorney who helps accident victims with claims regarding their injuries. For more information, contact us today.

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