Holiday celebrations and family gatherings can be some of the most exciting times of the year for most people. It's estimated that over 90 million people will be traveling to celebrate with family and friends this season, and that means automobile travel increases significantly during December — and, unfortunately, so do traffic accidents. As part of your travel planning, we've listed a few safety tips which we hope will become part of your traditions…during the holidays and throughout the year.
Before you travel…
As you travel…
- Be sure your vehicle is properly maintained, including a complete tire inspection;
- Before you leave, map your route and plan for unexpected delays; check for major traffic events through the Internet or local TV and radio stations;
- Have roadside assistance contact information in your car and readily available in case of an incident or emergency;
- Make sure you have your cell phone charger with you or a means to request help without making a phone call; and
- Get a good night's sleep before the day of travel.
- Always use your safety restraints and make sure everyone in your vehicle is using theirs;
- Look at least 15 seconds down the road as you drive to get a panoramic view of what's ahead, to allow you time to monitor the activity of those around you;
- Maintain a safe following distance between you and other vehicles, with a minimum of 4 seconds of following distance and a 5-6 second following distance in inclement weather;
- Keep your eyes moving at all times, with a check of your mirrors every 5-8 seconds, and always be aware of drivers approaching your blind spots;
- Don't drink and drive — designate a driver or take a cab;
- Eliminate dangerous distractions by making it a point to NOT text or email while driving, and if you must make a cell phone call, do so with a hands-free headset; and
- It's worth repeating — Do NOT drink and drive. From 2007 to 2011, 14,318 people lost their lives during December and 29% (4,169) died in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. (source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
From all of us at Coastal Flow to all of yours, we wish you a very happy and safe Holiday Season!!
“When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great
occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.”
~ Bob Hope