Holidays mean travel for many people. Keep yourself and your fellow travelers safe by following these tips while traveling during the holiday season.
- Avoid distractions. Keep your eyes on the road when you’re driving and use voice-activated and hands-free services if you must use navigation, make a call, or send a text. An even better alternative would be to ask a passenger to do it for you!
- Use safety tools. For adults and older children, this means to wear your seatbelt. For younger children, this means to be secured in a car seat or booster with harnesses properly fastened. Even if you’re only traveling a short distance, these safety tools can save lives.
- Plan ahead. Plot your route ahead of time and check the weather conditions. Check for road closures and other traffic delays, especially if you’re traveling in an unfamiliar area. Watch weather conditions, don’t drive if the roads are unsafe, and carry an emergency kit.
- Don’t drive when you’re impaired. Ask a friend or family member for a ride or use a ride-share service.
Following these tips will help make sure you get to your holiday destination and back home safely. It’ll keep other drivers on the road safer too.
Happy Holidays from VDH!