The holidays are fun and happy times to spend with friends and family that you may not get to see often. If you’re packing up the family in the minivan for grandma’s house make sure you follow these holiday rules of the road to keep a special occasion from turning into a tragedy.
- If possible, avoid peak traffic hours when leaving for your destination. Leave early in the morning for a clearer road (just be sure you’re awake and fit to drive!).
- Don’t push yourself to make it to a destination in an unreasonable amount of time. Allow for plenty of bathroom breaks, snacks and stretching. Pull over and rest if you begin to feel drowsy.
- Make sure your car is in good working order and have it tuned up before venturing out for a trip over 100 miles.
- Keep children properly secured whether or not they want to get out of seatbelts or car seats after hours of traveling.
- Never drive if you have been drinking or get into a car with someone who has been drinking or using any other controlled substances.
- Obey the speed limit and all other posted signs and laws. Nothing ruins a trip faster than a ticket!
Staying alert and focused on family safety when taking a road trip can help ensure that you arrive alive and have a happy holiday.