Millions of Americans plan to travel during the holiday season, starting in late November for Thanksgiving all the way up until the New Year in early January. These travel plans indicate that there will be significantly more vehicles on the road, increasing the risk of driving accidents. If you plan to travel via car for the holidays, here are a few tips to keep in mind while driving to help you and your family stay safe.
Holiday Travel Driving Tips
- Get basic maintenance done before your travel to ensure your car is in good working condition for a road trip.
- Make sure your heating system and defrost are working so you can keep the car a comfortable temperature and eliminate any visibility issues.
- Check the weather before you leave and along the way to avoid possible winter storms.
- GPS your route to find the quickest way and to avoid traffic or backups.
- Let friends or family know when you plan to travel and the route you plan to take.
- Pack an emergency kit and emergency supplies to keep in your car just in case there is an accident.
- Avoid driving on the busiest travel days (the day before/after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years).
- Keep your kids busy with games and toys so they aren’t a distraction.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- Follow the rules of the road.
- Don’t speed.
- Make sure you are well-rested. It is recommended that you take a break every two hours or 100 miles you travel.
Courtesy of CNN