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Holiday Driving Safety

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As you prepare to travel this holiday season, take a few steps to make sure you safely reach your destination. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest on the roads and can be especially dangerous given the weather this time of year.

  • Plan ahead so that you are prepared for the road conditions. Make sure your tires are properly inflated, fluids are topped off, and you have a winter safety kit in the car.
  • It may sound obvious, but be sure to wear your seat belt. Unbelted occupants have a much greater risk of serious injury or death in a collision (including serious facial injury or brain damage) than belted passengers. Not using a seat belt correctly can be even more dangerous than having no seat belt at all – make sure you’re using it as intended, and make sure any children are properly belted as well.
  • Watch for drunk drivers on the road. With the holiday season comes parties and celebrations, and people drink more than they might the rest of the year. Don’t get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking, and while driving, be extra vigilant on the roads. Review the signs of a drunk driver, and how to report them to the police.
  • A tired driver is just as dangerous as someone who has been drinking. Drowsy driving is a factor in 1 in 6 fatal crashes. If you’re tired, take a break or let someone else drive for a while.
  • Traffic is going to be heavier than usual. Try to stay relaxed instead of getting angry at the other cars on the road. It may lead to poor judgment, which can result in a collision.
  • Finally, drive according to the road conditions. Here in Oregon, drivers will likely have to contend with rainy conditions or icy roads. Allow more stopping distance, and additional distance between your car and other vehicles – especially semi-trucks.

By planning ahead and using a little extra care, you can make sure you have a safe and enjoyable holiday season.