2017 Holiday Travel Safety Reminders
The holiday season is a time for celebration and warmth for many American families. It’s also a time for massive amounts of travel. During the Thanksgiving weekend, the number of long-distance trips (that is, trips longer than 50 miles) on the road jumps by 54 percent, and during the Christmas/New Year’s period it spikes by 23 percent.
To put that in perspective: it’s estimated that 46.9 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving 2015.
With the heavy traffic of the holidays almost upon us, we’ve gotten together this list of holiday travel safety tips for those of you who are going to be out on the roads.
Road and Vehicle Safety
- As always, the No. 1 one driving safety tip is simply to follow the rules of the road. Don’t follow other drivers too closely. Observe the speed limit. Wear your seat belt. Pay attention to the road.
- If you’re going on a long trip, take frequent breaks. Use rest stops. Stretch your legs. Rotate drivers every once in a while to reduce strain.
- Pay attention to the weather forecast. This can warn you if heavy weather is on the way and give you the chance to adjust your route or timing to avoid any storms.
- Winterize your vehicle. Especially if you’re going to be traveling up north, change your coolant, oil, and wiper fluid. Check your battery and tires. Pack an emergency kit, just in case.
- Clean up your headlights, taillights, windows, etc.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Drinking and driving is always a bad idea, but when you add that to the danger of increased holiday traffic and possible inclement weather, you’ve got a recipe for disaster.
Don’t drink and drive. We understand that the holidays are a time to let loose a little bit, but drunk driving poses a danger not only to you, but also to every other person on the road.
There’s no reason for anyone to drink and drive. If you know there’s going to be drinking, plan on having a designated driver. If you’re out on New Year’s Eve, call a cab or an Uber to get you home in one piece. If you have a little too much at Thanksgiving dinner… well, you might have to extend your stay with your family a little.
The holiday season is meant to be a time for family, warmth, and celebration. Don’t put it all on the line by choosing to drink and drive.
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