Advice from AAA

May 22, 2003

With more than half a million Marylanders expected to hit the road for Memorial Day weekend trips, AAA Mid-Atlantic has issued some driving tips.

Traffic on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge is expected to be heavy with Ocean City, Md., resort officials anticipating a 75 percent to 80 percent occupancy rate this weekend so AAA officials recommend crossing the bridge at off-peak hours.

Eastbound off-peak hours are 7 p.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday and 5 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday.

Westbound off-peak hours are 7 p.m. Saturday to noon Sunday and after 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Drivers can call 1-877-229-7726 for current traffic conditions at the Bay Bridge.

Interstate 95 from Baltimore to Delaware and the Fort McHenry Tunnel also are expected to be busy.

Safe driving tips include:

  • Be well rested prior to driving and plan rest stops every two hours or every 150 miles.

  • Watch for construction, including narrower lanes and slowing traffic around work zones.

  • Pack an emergency kit with a flashlight, flares, jumper cables and a first aid kit. Keep an extra car key with you to avoid being locked out.
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