Pre-Holiday Travel Driving Safety Tips!
Posted on November 22nd, 2013 by Zane Cagle
Thanksgiving is the start of busy holiday travel that does not end until after New Year’s Day, so it’s a good time to remember safe driving tips for the holidays. Car accidents increase over the holidays due to increased traffic number and increased number of miles drivers log during the holidays. The holidays are full of festivities and many include alcohol.
If you do one thing to make holiday travel safer–DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol makes a considerable effort over the holidays to encourage safe driving through awareness programs and increased visibility. According to the Missouri Highway Patrol, there are many things you can do to help keep Missouri highways safe:
- Be Attentive-Be sure you are ready and you are paying attention to the full time job of driving
- Don’t Rush – Increase your following distance during holiday traffic. There are more vehicles on the roadways and crowding can lead to an accident. Take your time….Give the best gift of the holidays–Arrive Alive
- Do Not Text and Drive-texting and using your hand held phone distracts from your attention on the road. While is seems that reading a text or responding only takes a couple of seconds, a couple of seconds can be the difference between a safe holiday trip and catastrophic injuries
- Do Not Drink and Drive- Do not operate a motor vehicle if you have been consuming alcohol
- Wear your seatbelt
- 20 Mile Trooper as part of Operation CARE- Troopers on the interstates approximately every 20 miles. The goal of this initiative is to raise awareness and visibility so that drivers will do the following:
- Drive safely
- Reduce their speed
- Pay attention
- Avoid texting and driving
- Reduce drunk driving and other careless behavior
- Ensure people are wearing seatbelts and have children properly restrained
- Emergency number to reach the Missouri Highway Patrol is :800-525-555 or *55 from your cell phone
According to AAA’s travel predictions 43.4 million Americans will journey 50miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and that drivers will pay the cheapest gas prices for Thanksgiving travel since 2010. As usually, it is estimated the Wednesday before Thanksgiving will be the most busy day for travel. Most travelers depart on Monday and plan their return home on Sunday
According to SaveMoLives.com, the best gift for the holidays is a safe holiday. The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds motorist that law enforcement will be out over the holiday season to crack down on those who have not gotten the message of “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. Do your part this holiday season to make it a great holiday season! Practice smart driving—think safe to drive safe!
If you have been in an auto accident and are seriously injured or have lost a loved one, you may need legal assistance. At The Cagle Law Firm, we represent seriously injured victims of auto accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents. We are available seven days a week to answer your questions and provide information.
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Hunter, H. AAA: 43.4 Million Americans to Travel For Thanksgiving, a Slight Decline from Last Year. AAA Newsroom 11/20/13