Quick Tips for Holiday Travels
AAA estimates there will be 48.7 million travelers this Thanksgiving holiday weekend starting today, November 23, 2016 through Sunday, November 27, 2016. For those of you traveling on highways and byways, here are a few helpful safety reminders.
Before you leave:
- Check your tires are properly inflated and that your tire tread is healthy (no bald spots).
- Be sure to pack an emergency kit: a flashlight, blankets, jumper cables, a first aid kit, drinking water, non-perishable snacks, and a cell phone.
- Buckle up. Make sure you and all your passengers are properly secured in an approved and appropriate seat belt and/or child passenger restraint system.
On the road:
- Obey the posted limit signs. Speed limits are set for your safety. Also, you’ll save a little money with better gas mileage.
- Avoid unnecessary lane changes. Remember, frequently changing lanes to pass other vehicles increases your risk of having a collision. If you do pass, remember to pass on the left and look for the other vehicle’s headlights in your rearview mirror before you return to your lane. For large trucks you want to see the cab of the truck in your rearview mirror before going back into the lane.
- No drinking and driving. If you have been drinking alcohol, don’t drive. If you plan on drinking, set up a designated driver before you start.
Have a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!
Beware Intoxicated Drivers
The holiday season is right around the corner bringing many merry festivities with it. Unfortunately this usually means an increase in drunken drivers on the road. If you notice an impaired driver sharing the road with you, what should you do?
- Maintain a safe following distance.
- Do NOT try to pass or overtake a potentially intoxicated driver.
- If the car is behind you, try to turn onto another road.
- When safe, pull over and contact the police. Give them as much information as you can in regards to license plate number, vehicle description, location and behavior of the driver.
Most importantly, let the police handle the driver. Do not try to personally stop or detain the vehicle. Stay safe and have a great holiday season!
How Drivers Can Prepare
All motorists need to be EXTRA alert today. Halloween ranks the highest for the amount of child pedestrian deaths and reports some of the highest holiday- related DUIs and pedestrian deaths overall. National Safety Council and Trafficschool.com have some quick safety tips for motorists:
Keep an eye out for children who may be darting out from between parked cars and walking on roadways, medians and curbs. Children can move in unpredictable ways, especially when you add in the excitement of trick-or-treating and overflowing amounts of candy. Sometimes they are wearing dark clothing or costumes that make them even more difficult to spot later in the evening when it’s darker outside, so drive cautiously. Always enter and exit driveways and alleys with extra care, and never use your cell phone when you are operating a vehicle. It’s also a good idea for teens simply not to drive on Halloween night, because there are too many hazards and distractions for inexperienced drivers. And if you are going to be consuming alcohol, make sure you have a designated driver before you even go out. Jot down a cab company’s phone number too, and bring it with you, just in case.
Being prepared and informed will help ensure your Halloween is full of fun and not regrets. So take note, and be sure to remind all your friends and family on how they can have a safe and happy Halloween!