Holiday season is approaching, and that means the roads will be busy!
Last year during the holidays, AAA stated 98.6 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home, and that number is projected to rise this year. With such a high number of people on the road, accidents are prone to happen.
A few reasons for the increased number of accidents during the holiday season:
- More people are driving longer distances to spend time with family and friends;
- Most of the time drivers are in a rush to get where they are going; and finally
- Alcohol – drinking violations increase 33% between the Wednesday before Thanksgiving through January 2.
HELPFUL TIPS TO STAY SAFE ON THE ROAD THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:
- Pre-check your vehicle before hitting the road. Take your car to a mechanic before taking a long trip, and ask for a “Pre-Trip” check, which includes topping off fluids, checking the brakes, and making sure your tires are road-ready.
- Plan Your Route. Know your route ahead of time, as well as an alternate detour. Using a GPS will distract you and allow your eyes to leave the road. If you need to, have a passenger navigate, so you’re always focused.
- Leave Early or Later. After planning your route, timing is important. It’s best to avoid rush-hour traffic either in the morning or the evening. The less people on the road, the less likely it is an accident will occur.
- Pack an emergency kit. It’s always a good idea to be prepared and have an emergency kit for your travels. Include things such as a flashlight, blanket, tools and water. Some accidents occur when cars are stranded on the side of the road, so PLEASE remember to turn your hazards on, pull completely onto the shoulder, and have all passengers exit on the side opposite of traffic.
- Rest Stops.Take plenty of stops to stretch your legs, grab a snack and stay alert. It’s suggested you make a stop at least every 2 hours.