By Jessie Strait, BWC Communications Department College Intern
According to the National Safety Council, traveling by car during the holidays has the highest fatality rate of any other form of transportation. This is due to heavy traffic, distracted driving, alcohol impairment, and poor weather conditions.
To prevent accidents and injuries on the road, follow these safety tips from the National Safety Council:
- Keep an emergency preparedness kit in your car that includes a first aid kit, a tool kit, cat litter, and nonperishable food items.
- Avoid drowsy driving.
- Plan for traffic and leave early.
- Make sure everyone in the car wears their seatbelt.
- Put away your cellphone. Do NOT text and drive!
- Be a defensive driver.
- Drive sober or have a designated driver.
Also, make sure you pay attention to the forecast. Don’t drive in a snowstorm if you can help it. If you are caught driving in white-out conditions, here are some tips from AAA to help you avoid a crash.
- Drive slowly. Accelerate slowly and decelerate slowly.
- Increase the distance you leave between cars, which should be about 8-10 seconds.
- Use the threshold braking technique: Put your heel on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply steady pressure on the brake pedal.
- Avoid coming to a full stop. Keep rolling until the light changes, if you can.
- If you lose traction, steer in the same direction of the skid.
Read more tips on driving in poor weather conditions here.