Seven Safe Travel Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe on the Road this Holiday Season
While AAA estimates that there will be fewer travelers on the road this year compared to last year, still as many as 84.5 million Americans may still travel from December 23 though January 3, 2021.
Follow these Safe Travel Tips to stay safe on the roads this year.
1. Plan Ahead. Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and in good working order. Plan your route in advance and be prepared for heavier than normal traffic. Have your roadside assistance contact information on hand. And confirm your auto insurance coverage. If you don’t have personal injury protection or underinsured motorists coverage, add them!
2. Don’t Text and Drive. Don’t Text and Drive. It can wait. The NHTA reports that distracted driving claimed 2,841 lives in 2018 alone. Among those killed: 1,730 drivers, 605 passengers, 400 pedestrians and 77 bicyclists. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/distracted-driving
3. Avoid Driver Fatigue. Make sure you are well-rested, take breaks at least every two hours, and switch drivers on long trips, if possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports estimates that in 2017, 91,000 police-reported crashes involved drowsy drivers. These crashes led to an estimated 50,000 people injured and nearly 800 deaths. https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drowsy-driving
4. Don’t Drink and Drive. Always assign a designated driver or call a rideshare program. The NHTSA reports that one person is killed about every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash, resulting in more than 10,500 lives lost each year. During the Christmas and New Year holidays, there is usually a substantial increase in drunk-driving deaths. https://www.nhtsa.gov/campaign/drive-sober
5. Take Your Time. Don’t get in a rush and don’t speed. Allow plenty of space between you and other cars. Speeding endangers your life and the lives of others on the road. According to the NHTSA, for more than two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle fatalities. In 2017, speeding contributed in 26% of all traffic fatalities. https://tinyurl.com/y7ja25tg
6. Practice Defensive Driving. Always scan ahead and keep your eye on the surroundings. Try to predict risks so you can take action to avoid it. Always give aggressive drivers space and allow them to pass you Here are more tips on driving defensively: https://tinyurl.com/y6vfnq9a
7. Protect your car from break-ins and theft. Park in well-lit places and put your valuables in the trunk.
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