Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and travel experts predict many people will hit the road in record numbers this year.
AAA estimates more than 36 million drivers hit the road this weekend, nearly 5% more than last year. Many of those drivers will travel on motorcycles.
Many of those drivers taking advantage of the 3 day weekend. Many people on two or three wheels are trying to get the word out that they’re on the road too.
Gregory Yawn and his family riding in their car for nearly 11 hours traveling from Tennessee back to Florida. They stopped to eat before getting back on the road.
Kevin Brown wants drivers like Gregory to know he and his fellow bikers are in the road too.
Kevin rides a motorcycle and says, “with the traffic on memorial day hoping to get more tourist to come through and let them be aware that here are motorcycles on the road so be aware.”
He’s out here with the group, Gold Wing Road Riders, they’re giving out coffee, donut’s and a message for drivers
Kevin says, “but we are on the road we have our headlights on we wear our safety gear we just want people to know that we’re out there.”
In the rain, sometimes its hard to see who’s around you. increasing the chance for accidents.
While AAA estimates millions of drivers will share the road this weekend, South Carolina Highway Patrol reminds drivers that standing water that can cause you to lose traction and control of your vehicle and during inclement weather it’s a good idea to turn on headlights.
For many Memorial Day is not just about traveling, Dale Peavey is a biker and a Navy Veteran who served during the Vietnam War, Dale says, “I think people should be proud of their country and put out a flag at your own home.” He sees it as a way to honor those who paid the ultimate price.
Dale and his group, supplying free caffeine to drivers to make sure everyone stays alert while on the road…
Dale says, “some of these drivers are sleepy, we’re trying to wake them up a little bit and also remind them that there are motorcycles even on a rainy day.”
It’s a message Greg Yawn knows is necessary, Greg says, “definitely in the weather too i know they have a lot more harder time then we got.”
AAA’s advice to drivers, try to avoid peak travel times which seems to be late morning or early afternoon. Also stay alert and aware of drivers and motorcyclist around you.