Holiday Highway Safety Tips
The holiday season marks the time of year when more people are on the roads. While Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Fourth of July weekend are the holidays that statistically have the highest rate of fatal car crashes every year, fall and winter holiday traffic (and these seasons' weather driving in general) is full of its own dangers to be aware of.
The rate of crashes typically goes slightly down on the actual day of the holiday. However, the days surrounding see an exponential increase in crashes as more vehicles crowd the highways. Whether people are on their way to visit family, heading to shopping centers, or going out to a holiday party, you'll notice that you have to share the road with more drivers starting around October 31, which means you have to watch out for more driving hazards.
Here are a few easy ways to protect yourself and others.
1. Watch Out For Increased Distractions.
Doing other activities while you're behind the wheel makes you far more likely to run into the car in front of you or to veer off course and hit a pedestrian. Keep your eyes on what's ahead to be aware of any sudden change that could take place when you're driving.
2. Never Drink and Drive.
Any amount of alcohol can impair your judgment and make you much more likely to be involved in a crash. It's never wise to take the chance of getting behind the wheel when you're impaired. If you do drink, leave yourself some cushion by not driving after a blood alcohol level any higher than a .08. You need to make sure to find a designated driver or be prepared to pay for a rideshare service should you plan to drink in excess at any holiday party.
3. Plan Ahead
Don't rely on the notion of arriving at your destination right on schedule during the holidays. Know that road conditions may make it difficult to reach your destination on time. Plan and prepare for a safe travel route and allow extra time for traffic.
4. Charge Your Cell Phone.
Check that your phone is charged before you leave for your destination and carry an extra car charger.
5. Create a Holiday Traveling Emergency Kit
Make a kit and ensure your passengers have one as well. You should include:
- Enough food and water for each person in your vehicle, including pet supplies
- Flashlight with fresh batteries
- Flares or reflective triangles
- First aid kit
- Ice scraper
- Extra clothing
- Sleeping bags
6. Know When to Call 911
If you are involved in a crash, immediately call 911. Don't stop on the side of the road, and do not get out of the vehicle unless instructed to do so by law enforcement. Try to keep everyone in the car in the same area, at the same time, and in the best physical condition for responders to provide the injured help.
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