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August 3, 2021

Safe Travel Tips for Your Family’s Holiday Road trip

HOW TO ARRIVE ACCIDENT FREE DURING THE BUSY HOLIDAY RUSH

The holidays are quickly approaching and that means travel, more people on the roads, and weather hazards. Did you know that you should adjust your driving to better accommodate for these season factors? Here are a few steps that you can take to better ensure your safe arrival to your destination!

DROWSY DRIVING

One of the most dangerous factors in holiday is drowsy driving. How can you avoid drowsy driving?

  • Because Thanksgiving fall on a Thursday, many people plan to travel the Wednesday before. If you are one of those people, don’t plan to drive after working all day. Plan to take the day off for safer travel.
  • Pack healthy snacks. We all love those sugary treats from the gas station, but they can lead to sugar crashes. Snacks like trail mix and dried fruits are more filling and provide long lasting energy.
  • Make stops often. AAA recommends drivers on road trips should stop every 100 miles to get out and move around.
  • Switch off drivers often. When you make pit stops, switch off drivers to allow each other time to rest and recharge.
  • Know your body and give it what it needs. There is no shame in pulling off the road to take a short cat nap if you are feeling too tired. It is better to arrive a little later than planned than to not arrive at all.

BEFORE YOU HIT THE ROAD

Whether you are going down the street or across the country, there are a few things that you should always do before hitting the road.

  • Make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape. Preform basic maintenance. If your trip is longer than most you may even want to take your car in to check your tires, wiper blades, and more.
  • Keep a safety kit readily available. We always preach having a kit, but did you know that you should update it for the winter season? You should add the following to your roadside kit:
    • Warm clothes and blankets
    • Sand or something to create traction
    • A small snow shovel
    • An ice scraper/Brush
  • Avoid driving during peak hours.

BEING ROAD READY

The best way to avoid an accident is to be prepared for the road and ready for anything that might happen.

  • Focus on driving. We see accidents every day that could have been avoided if the driver had just put their phone away. Be sure to set your GPS before you put it in drive!
  • Make regular pit stops. By making regular stops, you will be keeping the driver more alert and it will help ease the boredom of little ones in the backseat.
  • Practice defensive driving. AAA estimates more than 48.5 million people will be on the roads this holiday season so it is extremely important to be on high alert and ready for anything.