Is there anything better than taking that first official road trip of the summer? The Memorial Day holiday is a great time to hit the road and head someplace fun. However, the reality is that a lot of other people are going to have that same idea. That can make the roads a little more dangerous than usual.

What are the safest and most dangerous states for driving during Memorial Day weekend? Here's a look at the 10 states that pose the biggest road dangers over Memorial Day weekend:

  • West Virginia
  • Mississippi
  • North Dakota
  • South Dakota
  • Delaware
  • South Carolina
  • Alaska
  • Idaho
  • Louisiana
  • Wyoming

Roughly 1,819 fatal car accidents occur during Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is actually in third place when it comes to the most dangerous holidays to be on the road. The Fourth of July and Labor Day take first and second place. However, there are actually some states where the roads are pretty safe during Memorial Day weekend. Here's a look at the safest states for driving on Memorial Day:

  • Maine
  • New York
  • Illinois
  • New Hampshire
  • Iowa
  • New Jersey
  • Minnesota
  • Washington
  • California
  • Maryland

Is there anything you can do to stay a little bit safer out there on the roads during one of the most dangerous weekends for driving? Try to go as slow as possible and avoid driving aggressively. You should try to do the bulk of your driving during the day if possible. That's because more drunk or impaired drivers tend to be on the road at night than during the day.

Also, remember that dusk often brings out wildlife in many parts of the country. Always be on the lookout for deer, elk or free-range cows while you're driving in wooded areas or farm areas. It goes without saying that you should never get behind the wheel after drinking on Memorial Day or any other day of the year.

Scott Dylan is a contributing writer at and has been to (almost) every country in North, Central and South America with nothing more than a backpack, a laptop and the desire to explore. He speaks Spanish fluently and has logged enough time in planes, trains, rideshares, buses, taxis and rickshaws to know how to rack up rewards and points to get anywhere his heart desires for pennies on the dollar. Email: