Travel Beware the Deadliest Holiday Weekend to Be on the Road

20:23  19 may  2017
20:23  19 may  2017 Source:   MSN

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Memorial Day weekend , the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, is most deadly of the year’s holiday weekends , followed closely by the two other summer holidays Most of these travelers — 88.1 percent — plan to hit the road .

Drivers, beware : Memorial Day weekend could be one of the deadliest . Two issues conspire to result in more motor vehicle crashes, accidents and deaths over the holiday weekend and in the summertime: More people are on the road , and more people are driving recreationally, said Robert

As if having to battle your way through crowds of tourists isn’t enough, here’s another reason you might want to stay home on Memorial Day weekend: You’re more likely to die in a fatal car accident during the May holiday than on any other holiday weekend.

shutterstock_579100834© Ivanko80 / Shutterstock.com shutterstock_579100834 That’s according to an analysis by ValuePenguin. Seeking to determine which holidays saw the greatest number of fatal car accidents, the financial data site examined accident data for 2011-2015 maintained by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start of the summer vacation season, is most deadly of the year’s holiday weekends, followed closely by the two other summer holidays:

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The holidays are a dangerous time to be on the road , and the Fourth of July weekend proves to be one of the deadliest . Every year, hundreds of Americans die as a result of alcohol-related car crashes. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Aside from being irresponsible on the road , impaired driving carries serious insurance consequences. While that weekend is deadly , other holidays are just as dangerous. The statistics vary annually based on which day of the week the holiday falls.

  • Memorial Day weekend: 312 fatal accidents, on average
  • Labor Day weekend: 308
  • 4th of July weekend: 307
  • Easter weekend: 280
  • Thanksgiving weekend: 258

By comparison, a “normal” three-day weekend period sees 250 fatal accidents, on average, ValuePenguin reports.

Memorial Day weekend also brings the greatest chance of getting into a drunken-driving accident. Of all accidents that happen over the holiday weekend, 40.3 percent involve a drunk driver, on average, compared with 29.2 percent for a normal three-day period.

A busy holiday weekend for travel

If that’s not enough bad news for you, AAA projects that 39.3 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home this Memorial Day Weekend by road, sky, rail or water. That would be the greatest travel volume on a Memorial Day Weekend since 2005. Most of these travelers — 88.1 percent — plan to hit the road.

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Drivers and passengers, beware : You are four times as likely to die in a traffic accident over the Memorial Day weekend as over a More and more travelers on the road add to those dangers. The dubious distinction of being the deadliest city on individual holiday weekends was split between

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s study of traffic between 1986 and 2002, 40,000 people in the U.S. died each year on the road with holidays being among the worst times to travel. Deadliest Day of the Week to Drive. Historical.

Bill Sutherland, AAA’s senior vice president for travel and publishing, cites improving economic conditions:

“The expected spike in Memorial Day travel mirrors the positive growth seen throughout the travel industry this year. Higher confidence has led to more consumer spending, and many Americans are choosing to allocate their extra money on travel this Memorial Day.”

An expensive holiday weekend to travel

As we note in “5 Careless, Costly Summer Travel Mistakes,” it’s generally more expensive to travel during the three holiday weekends of summer compared with other summer weeks or weekends.

This year will be no exception, based on AAA’s numbers. The nonprofit association of motor clubs reports that on Memorial Day:

  • Gas prices are expected to be the highest since 2015.
  • Hotel prices are 18 percent higher than last year.
  • Car rental rates are 7 percent higher than last year.

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