Staying safe on the road
Driving and long holidays are almost synonymous given that vacations are the only times most families would venture into long road trips.
To ensure though that the trip is enjoyable, drivers should exercise extra caution by observing safe holiday driving tips.
The AAA Exchange website posted safety tips that should be put in mind during vacation trips. AutoGlass Safety Council
“Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. If possible, consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic. Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area. If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles to be used only if the family gets separated.”
Read the rest of the tips here.
Back to Basics
Carproof meantime came up with a list of safety measures to observe when driving during the holiday season. One tip on their list is as basic as getting enough rest prior to the long drive. Windshield Wiki
“Make sure you get a full night’s sleep before departing on any major family trips. Not getting enough sleep can negatively impact your motor skills, slowing down your reaction time out on the road. It’s best to be well-rested and alert at all times while driving, especially during extended periods of driving. If you find your concentration slipping, take a break, grab a coffee, get out and stretch or go for a brisk walk. When travelling long distances, take turns driving with a passenger. If this is not an option, consider turning the trip from one day to two days, and spend an evening in a hotel to maintain your alertness and energy throughout your trip.”
Check out the rest of the holiday driving advice here.
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EHS Today meantime mentioned in one of its articles, the top holiday driving hazards that lead to road emergencies. This was published in an effort to reduce road accidents during holiday trips. Driving without adequate sleep is one of the hazards that have been mentioned in the article.
“Fatigued Driving. ‘Increased demands and activities during the winter holidays often mean significantly reduced sleep schedules,” Horn added. “According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who slept 6-7 hours a night were twice as likely to be involved in a crash as those sleeping 8 hours or more, while people sleeping less than 5 hours increased their risk four to five times.’”
Read about the other three hazards here.
Holidays are meant to be enjoyed, and to enjoy it fully one should stay safe during driving with the rest of the family.