Alongside a warning that Memorial Day is one of the deadliest holidays on the roads, the National Safety Council (NSC) has published tips to help drivers stay safe this holiday weekend.

NSC’s tips for a safer Memorial Day holiday:

  • Practice defensive driving; buckle up, designate a sober driver or arrange alternative transportation, get plenty of sleep to avoid fatigue, and drive attentively, avoiding distractions
  • Recognize the dangers of drugged driving, including impairment from opioids; visit to understand the impact of the nation’s opioid crisis
  • Stay engaged in teens’ driving habits; visit for resources
  • Learn about your vehicle’s safety systems and how to use them; visit for information
  • Make sure the car you are driving is safe and fix recalls immediately; visit to ensure your vehicle does not have an open recall
  • Ask lawmakers and state leaders to protect travelers on state roadways; read the State of Safety report to find out which states have the strongest and weakest traffic safety laws
  • Join the Road to Zero coalition to get involved in addressing motor vehicle fatalities; visit to get involved

Supplemental information about the Memorial Day holiday fatality estimates, and additional motor vehicle data and research, can be found at