11 Summer Safety Tips

From spoiled food to buggy backyards, a little planning will keep your holiday weekend problem-free.


3. Road Rage

The problem: You don’t want angry drivers putting your safety at risk.

Solve it: Memorial Day weekend is notorious for motor-vehicle accidents, and ranks among the six worst holiday weekends of the year for traffic fatalities. You may not be able to control what other drivers do, but you can help keep yourself safe by wearing seatbelts and driving the speed limit. Considering that cars get optimum fuel economy between 60 and 65 mph, you’ll save about 15 percent of your gas budget while you’re at it. And don’t succumb to road rage that might cause you to drive more aggressively yourself. Not only does that make your passengers uncomfortable, but it also ups your risk for heart attack and stroke. Before you leave, pack a few healthy snacks; crunchy things like carrots or trail mix help you deal with travel stress.

Use diaphragmatic breathing and other calming breathing exercise to keep your temper from getting the better of you.