Tips for Travel Safety


Many of us will travel long distances to see family and friends this Thanksgiving, and with increased traffic on the road, it is important for everyone to keep safety in mind while traveling.

  • Check the National Traffic and Road Closure website to find out about road closures due to weather or road construction, and traffic conditions before hitting the road or  have a passenger monitor changing conditions
  • Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel by having it serviced and checking fluid levels, tire pressure and wipers
  • Plan ahead by printing out directions and knowing exit numbers as well as double checking your car emergency kit to make sure it has everything you need in case of an emergency
  • Don’t drive drunk OR drowsy. Plan to have a designated driver if you will be drinking and make sure to get plenty of rest to avoid driving while sleepy. If necessary, take a nap in your car at a safe location.
  • OR Distracted. Never text while driving and try to avoid any activity that doesn’t leave both of your hands free while driving. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident.
  • Wear your seatbelt. This can help reduce the chance of injury in an accident by up to 45%
  • Know what to do in poor weather conditions. Ice, snow and rain all make driving more dangerous. Make sure you know how to drive safely in these conditions, or pull off the road until weather improves
  • Slow down. Make sure to leave plenty of room between yourself and other cars (especially semis) and remember that your safety comes before getting to your destination
  • * Lastly, for anyone driving to areas with heavy deer populations.Make sure to:
    • Slow down in posted deer crossing areas and heavily wooded areas, especially during the dark hours of fall
    • Remember that deer often travel in groups, so do not assume that all is clear if one deer has already passed
    • Do not swerve to avoid contact with deer. This could cause the vehicle to flip or veer into oncoming traffic, causing a more serious crash.

Useful tips were taken from: here, here, and here

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