WASHINGTON, D.C. – As tens of millions of Americans prepare to travel this Memorial Day Weekend, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them, offers holiday travel safety tips while traveling on America’s roadways, bridges and tunnels.
“For anyone who will be traveling this busy holiday weekend, safety has to be the number one priority,” said Patrick D. Jones, IBTTA Executive Director and CEO, who recorded a Memorial Weekend video message for travelers. “From driving safely to choosing the most effective and safest routes, drivers should plan ahead. We hope our safety tips help better prepare Americans to have a safe and fun holiday weekend.”
MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY TRAVEL SAFETY TIPS
Be prepared for a safe drive: Prevent a breakdown by making sure your car is in top working order. Check your tire pressure, and fill your tank before you head out on the highway.
Watch out for the other driver: Defensive driving is all about situational awareness. Pay attention to everything on the road. If you see another driver make a mistake, be ready to get out of the way and prevent an accident.
Choose the safer road: Toll roads are among the safest roads in America. Toll authorities know their customers expect a higher maintenance standard, and tolls give them the funds to deliver on that promise. Toll roads have safety cameras and teams that constantly monitor the roadway to respond quickly to any accident.
Choose the more direct, less congested route: Today’s electronic toll collection systems allow you to pay for your ride without slowing down or waiting in line. With All Electronic Toll collection (AET), stopping at a toll booth is a thing of the past – it’s now go, go, go.
Know the upcoming weather forecast: With so much severe weather developing across the country, know the expected weather in the locations you are traveling this holiday weekend so you can be better prepared for the best and safest routes.