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4 Top Travel Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

21 November 2018
Kevin Hartley

If you are thinking about taking a holiday journey, then it is important to consider safety. While most trips end with a person pulling back into their driveway following a marvelous experience, winter travel can be dangerous. Following these tips may help save you, your family, or another person's life.

Avoid Distracted Driving

Approximately 424,000 people are injured each year by distracted driving while another 3,200 are killed. While many placeshave passed laws to avoid distracted drivingby talking on your cell phone while driving, remember that distracted driving can be anything from texting to checking the GPS and so much more. Always keep your eyes on the road and your mind engaged on your driving.

Do Not Drive While Drowsy

It is estimated that approximately 72,000 crashes are caused by drowsy drivers with over 44,000 injuries and over 800 deaths being reported to authorities annually. While you may be looking forward to eating pumpkin pie, opening presents, and hugging everyone,it is far more important that you arrive aliveeven if you are a few minutes late. Stop and take breaks as needed to allow your body time to recover and your brain time to rest.

Steer Clear of Hazardous Road Conditions

Driving in the winteris often more hazardous than it is during the remainder of the yearbecause of snow and ice on highways. Check the weather forecast before you leave home, which can allow you to postpone your travels if necessary. Always take warm clothes, blankets, and food with you in case an emergency forces you to spend time in your vehicle. At 70 miles per hour, it may take you an extra 183 feet to stop on wet highways, and the distance becomes even longer on snow or ice.

Check Your Car Before Departing

Check your tires before embarking on any winter trip as cold air will make them have less pressure in them than warm air. Make sure that your fluid and oil levels are correct. Look for any worn parts, and replace them before venturing out. Carry an emergency road kit with you, which can allow you or someone else to make emergency roadside repairs that will at least get you to safety.

Traveling during the holidays can be stressful as more people are on the highways and the weather is often frightful. Let someone know your itinerary before you depart, and alert them of any changes that you are forced to make along the way. Keep a paper map in your vehicle so that you are not bewildered if your GPS goes down while traveling.

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