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Six Tips to Ensure Safe Christmas Travels

Destiny Baker12 months ago

The holiday season can be a hectic time on the nation’s roadways. By following a few simple precautions, you can help ensure you and your family has a safe and enjoyable holiday season.

Christmas Is Among the Most Dangerous Days to Drive

Every year, an estimated 95 million Americans take to the roads and travel long distances to visit family and friends during the Christmas and New Year’s season, according to USA Today. Unfortunately, this increased traffic also means more accidents.

In fact, Christmas and New Year’s are both among the 10 most dangerous days to travel.

Nearly 27,900 Americans sustain serious injuries in auto accidents during the Christmas and New Year’s season each year. Additionally, in 2012 alone, more than 350 people were killed in collisions that occurred on U.S. roadways during this season.

The fact is, many of these deaths and injuries are preventable. Through following proper traffic safety and making use of vehicle safety features, motorists can take a proactive approach to ensuring their families safety this holiday season.

Six Things to Keep in Mind for Your Holiday Travels

  • Perform vehicle maintenance before long distance travel: This means checking your tires for wear, damage, and air pressure; checking your wipers and window fluid; changing your oil; and servicing your radiator and cooling systems.
  • Plan you trip: Know the highway exits you will be taking by name and number. Plan for traffic and allow yourself adequate time to travel. Plan for breaks.
  • Keep and emergency kit: Have a kit with a battery-powered radio, flashlight, first aid, jumper cables, food, water, and flares.
  • Keep an eye on the weather: Fortunately, current technology allows us to review expected weather conditions at the touch of a button. Check weather reports during rest stops.
  • Avoid distractions: Distracted driving is a major factor in traffic accidents, only use your cell phone when your vehicle is stopped and parked in a safe place.
  • Buckle up: Data shows that making use of proper vehicle restraints reduces the risk of fatal injury by as much as 45 percent.

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