This is the most dangerous long weekend to take a road trip in the US

Thinking about taking a road trip this Memorial Day Weekend? Be careful. According to data from FARS (Fatality Analysis Reporting System) of the National Traffic and Highway Safety Administration, it's the most dangerous long weekend to do so with an average 321 fatal car accidents each year.

To keep yourself safe, Cambridge Mobile Telematics (CMT), a company working to make the roads a little safer, has provided a few driving tips and facts to keep in mind. They looked at the top destinations people travel to for Memorial Day, as well as driving behaviors such as distraction, speeding and hard braking.

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Memorial Day Weekend road safety stats and tips, according to Cambridge Mobile Telematics
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Memorial Day Weekend road safety stats and tips, according to Cambridge Mobile Telematics

The top places overall for speeding: the Hamptons, Portland, Jacksonville, Las Vegas and D.C.

(Source: CMT)

The top places overall for distracted driving: Miami, Charleston, Charlotte, Memphis and Raleigh

Keep your eyes off your phone and on the road! Distracted driving occurred during 43 percent to 45 percent of trips taken in these cities.

(Source: CMT)

Most dangerous place to travel between 7 pm and 12 am: Denver

Denver has the highest percentage of distraction occurring on trips between 7pm and 12am at 39.07 percent.

(Source: CMT)

The city with the highest percentage of trips with hard braking: Los Angeles (34.31 percent)

(Source: CMT)

The city with the highest amount of distracted drivers: Miami

"Miami has the highest amount of distraction events per 100 miles and seconds of distraction per mile with 63.63% of drivers distracted on at least half of their trips."

(Source: CMT)

The city with the most distracted driving between 70-80mph: Austin (13.59 percent)

(Source: CMT)

The city with the highest percentage of distraction on trips between 12 am and 5 am: San Francisco (29.29 percent)

(Source: CMT)

The city with the highest percentage of speeding on local roads: Nashville (71.69 percent)

(Source: CMT)

The city with the highest percentage of trips with speeding: The Hamptons (54.86 percent)

(Source: CMT)

Take the highway

Local roadways are more dangerous than highways, particularly when it comes to speeding. The cities where speeding on the local roads is most common are Atlanta, the Hamptons, Cape Cod, Chicago and Indianapolis.

(Source: CMT)

Driving early in the morning is best

There is less distracted driving occurring between 5 am and 10 am than between 10 am and 4 pm. In fact, hard braking increases from 23 percent to 25 percent in the afternoon.

(Source: CMT)

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For example, check to see if you're traveling to a "danger zone." Overall, CMT found that the most dangerous city for driving is the popular beach spot for New York City-dwellers, the Hamptons, followed by Miami, Nashville, Charleston and Atlanta. If you're heading to one of these spots for the weekend, CMT suggests driving in the morning between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. and taking the highway over smaller, local roads. This is when people are less distracted and where they're less likely to speed.

For more road safety tips to keep in mind this Memorial Day Weekend, check out the slideshow above and share with a friend or family member who may be planning a road trip. 

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How to save money on a road trip

1. Calculate your expected fuel cost before your trip. It’s always wise to get an accurate estimation of how much to budget for gas beforehand. GasBuddy's fuel calculator is an excellent tool to get an expected price point. Just enter your vehicle information, startpoint and endpoint, and the app will calculate how much you’ll spend.

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2. Don’t fuel up near popular areas. You’ll find inflated gas prices near popular tourist destinations and metropolitan areas, so it’s worth venturing to the town over for more affordable prices. For example, gas costs on the scenic Pacific Coast Highway in California are considerably higher than the stations a few miles off the main highway.

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3. Fill up your tank at truck stops. You'll often find the cheapest gas prices here. 

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4. Download gas apps. Apps like GasBuddy and GasGuru come in handy by computing the cheapest station in relation to your current location.

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5. Drive efficiently to save gas costs. These 5 fuel-efficient tips are proven to maintain a full tank longer:

           1. Turn off your AC

2. Engage cruise control in low-traffic areas

3. Avoid rapid acceleration and braking

4. Inflate tires close to maximum

5. Avoid speeding

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6. Travel with friends. Traveling with a few buddies is an efficient (and fun) way to save cash by splitting the cost of a tank.

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7. Grocery shop in advance. Pack water and snacks beforehand in a cooler -- inflated convenience store prices will eat away at your budget.

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8. Bring reusable water bottles. Filling up a water bottle is cheaper than buying a Poland Spring at every stop.

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9. Buy fountain drinks over bottled drinks. If you’re craving a Mountain Dew, fountain drinks give you a better bang for your buck over bottled soda.

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Use Yelp: Download Yelp on your phone to see the best restaurant offers in your area.

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11. Take advantage of restaurant deals. Chances are there will be tons of chain restaurants along the way, so use sites like Groupon and GiftCardGranny to get a deal on the road.

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12. Load up on free coffee and breakfast from hotels for the road. Take advantage of a free meal and avoid Starbucks and other expensive coffee shops.

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13. Avoid staying in popular areas. Tourist-driven and metropolitan areas are often paired with inflated prices, so find a place to sleep in surrounding towns.

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14. Check out sites like Airbnb, Tripadvisor, and Kayak to score the best low-cost lodging deals.

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15. Rent a car. If you don’t own your own vehicle, renting a car beforehand for as cheap as $22 a day on sites like ExpediaHotwire, and Travelocity can be a great deal.

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16. Alert your bank. Sometimes banks will deem charges in new cities as fraudulent and cancel your cards.

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17. Stick to budget-friendly activities. Some ideas include hiking national parks, visiting beaches and checking out a town’s culture by walking the streets and venturing into a street fair.

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18. Take advantage of student discounts. If you’re currently a student, bring your student ID for maximum discounts.

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19. Download road trip planning apps. Apps like Roadtrippers are a great way to help plan and finance your new excursion.

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