Did you plan to travel this holiday season? Each year, about 150 million Americans travel 50 miles or more to share the Thanksgiving and winter holidays with family and friends. The slow economy, sky-rocketing airline prices, and long waits at airport security mean that most of these travelers will choose to drive rather than fly.
This increase in travel means an increase in accidents. These driving tips will help keep you and your loved ones safe during the holiday season and all year long.
1.Buckle up. More than half of those who die is holiday car accidents are not wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash. About half of those deaths could have been prevented if the victim was buckled up. Always wear your seat belt and require your passengers to do the same.
2.When possible, avoid travelling on holidays. More people travel on Thanksgiving and Christmas than on the day before. If you are able to, try to reach your destination before the holiday. You will be safer, and you will avoid heavy traffic.
3.Take care of car maintenance and repairs before your trip. Make sure your car is in good shape before you make a long drive. You don’t want to end up stranded on the highway.
4.Check your tires. Cold weather may cause your tire pressure to drop, so check your tire pressure before your trip. While you are checking your tires, make sure that they have enough tread and that they have no cracks, bulges, or bumps. A bad tire can cause a serious accident.
5.Get directions before you go even if you use a GPS, it is a good idea to print out directions before your trip. Many parts of the country do not have reliable GPS coverage. If you become familiar with the route before you leave, you will be able to avoid looking at a map while driving.
6. Expect delays. Allow extra time to reach your destination. It is hard to avoid heavy traffic during the holiday season.
7.Get plenty of rest before your trip. Plan breaks every few hours to help you avoid falling asleep at the wheel.
8.Don’t drink and drive. Drunk driving deaths increase during the holiday season.
9.Plann for the kids. Nothing is more distracting than bored, whiny kids who have in the car too long. Pack a bag with activities and snacks for each child.
10.Be prepared for snow. It’s not unusual for Pennsylvania to experience severe weather during the holiday season. Carry a snow brush, ice scraper, flashlight, jumper cables, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food, blankets, and battery powered radio when travelling in the winter. Make sure that your phone is charged before you leave.