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Safety Tips for Holiday Driving

With the Holiday’s come events, celebrations and exciting times when family and friends get together. However, these get together’s can turn into tragedies when people are killed or injured in auto traffic accidents.

The Holiday’s are upon us and as drivers we need to be mindful of actions that will make
our holiday travel safer. We recommend following these holiday travel safety rules:

  • A week before your trip, make sure your vehicle is  in good shape for travel – suitable tires and tire condition for all possible road conditions, fluids at the correct level and condition, lights and safety features all are fully functional.
  • Don’t drive until everyone, including yourself is properly fastened in seat belts and car safety seats. Remember, the rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride and for small adults.
  • Be flexible in your travel plans and avoid peak traffic hours. If snow is predicted during the time you plan to travel, change your schedule. It is better to reschedule than to put lives at risk.
  • Take plenty of breaks to stay fresh and alert. Do not push yourself to stay on schedule if you need a rest or road conditions are hazardous. When tired pull into a rest area or parking area, get out of the car for some fresh air to stretch and have something to refresh you, or just relax until you feel revived. If that doesn’t work, pull off again and take a nap or find a motel or campground where you can spend the night. A high percentage of fatal traffic accidents are single vehicle crashes. These most often occur during late night/ early morning hours and the late afternoon hours to drivers who are tired, have consumed alcohol, or both.
  • Drive within the speed limit, taking into account road conditions. Allow yourself ample time and distance to react to the traffic around you. Let impatient and aggressive drivers pass you or go through the intersection ahead of you so that you control the situation.
  • Only pass when you are absolutely positive it is safe and legal to do so.
  • Do NOT drink and drive, always choose a designated driver who will remain alcohol free.
  • Driving requires your complete attention, pull off the road to use your cell phone.

We wish each of you a Holiday Season filled with memorable moments, and above all, safe arrival to all your destinations.

Enjoy the drive,

Camille

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