Millions of drivers are on the road every year heading to their destinations for the holidays. According to AAA, while many travel by air, 93 percent of holiday travelers will be driving. This year, AAA estimates 93.6 million drivers will be on the roads, a 1.5 percent increase from last year’s holiday travelers. Warm weather states, including Florida, are expected to be the most popular holiday destinations.
Unfortunately, the holiday traveling season is also known to have some of the highest fatality rates from transportation accidents.
Here are some traveling safety tips to help ensure you and your loved ones reach your destination safely this holiday season:
- Before you start a road trip make sure your vehicle is properly maintained
- Be prepared for busy roads and if possible leave earlier or later to try to avoid the heavy traffic
- Map your route in advance so you are aware of your surroundings
- Be well rested and alert. If you are too tired to keep driving, stop and rest
- Make sure every passenger is properly buckled up
- Observe speed limits and do not follow another vehicle too closely
- Keep a cell phone and charger with you in case of an emergency, but do not text and drive. Give your full attention to the road
- If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible
The holidays are times for making special memories and celebrating with loved ones. Observing the holiday traveling safety tips can help you make sure you arrive and return from your destination safely.