If you're travelling somewhere for the holidays, there’s a good chance you’ll be hitting the road to get there. That also means plenty of other people will be crowding the highways with you. So we're sharing some reminders to help keep you and your family safe during the busy holiday travel rush.
In 2012, over 2 million people were treated in emergency rooms after being injured in motor vehicle crashes, resulting in over $50 billion in lifetime medical and lost work costs. Your seat belt is the most effective method to both save your life and reduce your chance of injuries during an accident, and it's so quick and easy to do! And use a seat belt on every trip, even the quick ones. Accident data revealed that 52% of crashes occurred five miles or less from home, and 77% occurred fifteen miles or less from home.
Don't Text and Drive
With all of the extra vehicles on the road during the holidays, you'll want to be extra careful. Avoid the distraction of texting while driving, and always use a hands-free device if possible. Plus, it's illegal throughout the state of Georgia and a ticket can cost you $150.00.
Make Frequent Stops
With longer trips, we’re sometimes tempted to keep driving when we start feeling a bit tired. A quick pit stop can do wonders to wake up the body and mind, and stretching the legs is great for the circulation. Be wary of these warning signs that you may be getting too drowsy to drive:
- Yawning or blinking frequently.
- Difficulty remembering the past few miles driven.
- Missing your exit.
- Drifting from your lane.
- Hitting a rumble strip.
During this hectic holiday season, whether you're driving across town or across the country, arriving safely is the best gift you can give to yourself and your family.
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