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Holiday Safety: Driving
12/21/2018 4:30:55 PM

We are going into the last weekend before Christmas! That means last minute gift shopping, grocery runs, and possibly visiting friends and family through next week. This is also a commonly frustrating time to be on the road. Everyone is trying to get a lot done in a short period.

If you are going to be driving this weekend and through next week, remember to stay safe on the road for everyone involved. Sadly, there is a long streak of at least one death each day on Texas Roads. It would be a wonderful holiday gift for us all if we could end that streak. Just one day without a death on the road. In order to make that happen, we all have to take extra care when driving and set a good example for young drivers too.

Here are some holiday driving tips fro optalert.com:

Leave early - when we say early, we mean it!

Tack at least an hour onto your arrival time estimate. If you’re fighting against traffic in order to meet a tight deadline, frustration will take over and you’re more likely to make irrational and perhaps even dangerous driving decisions.

Occupy kids and restrain pets:

Pets and kids can cause an awful lot of distractions in the car, and bored minds need to be occupied! Give kids options like colouring and puzzle books or music and movies on a portable device, or kill some time playing simple car games like I Spy, 20 Questions, and more. (And for the adults, these games will entertain you.)

Pets should be properly restrained so they are safe and comfortable and don’t pose a distraction to the driver.

Recognize the signs of drowsiness:

This is one of the most important holiday driving tips. It’s absolutely crucial that you listen to your body when it’s telling you it’s drowsy and needs to rest! Look out for these signs:

  • Yawning
  • Restlessness
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Drifting in lanes
  • Wandering thoughts
  • Missing traffic signals or signs
  • Inability to remember the last few minutes of travel

Prepare the car:

  • Get it serviced and check the essentials (tires, oil, brakes, fluid, lights) are all in good order
  • Pack some snacks and lots of water for grumbling tummies
  • Pack an emergency or first aid kid
  • Update your GPS so its equipped with the latest maps

Whether you are driving to a party (remember the designated driver!), going home for the holidays, or making a quick run to the store for another gift, stay safe and have a merry Christmas and happy holidays!

One Team. One Vision. One Goal. – Everyone Goes Home Safe!

Resources:

http://www.optalert.com/safe-driving-during-the-holidays/

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