The holidays are a popular time for travelers. This year, 76% of Americans are planning to travel by car. However, the wintery weather and extensive travel time can present certain safety hazards that you should be aware of before taking your trip. Here are five tips for safe holiday travels to consider while planning your trip.
A recent 3M survey showed 77$ of drivers are concerned about driving in bad weather and 71% of 3M U.S. survey respondents are concerned about night visibility.
Tip #1 - Appreciate what makes the roads safer
Reflective sheeting used in street, highway and stop signs, which 3M first began providing in 1939, is now also used in license plates and in the clothing that joggers and bicyclists wear. These simple but important signs have been helping make the roads safer for over 80 years.
Tip #2 - Prepare before you hit the road
- Check your tire pressure and the condition of your tread. Properly inflated and adequate tires can keep you safe on the road – especially in slick conditions.
- Because 80% of driving decision are based on visibility, seeing the road and other drivers should be a top concern for drivers. Also: Replace your wiper blades and carry extra washer fluid.
- Check your headlights, taillights, turn signals and backup lights. If your headlights lenses are hazy, you can polish them to get better view of the road.
Tip #3 - Plan your route in advance
- Use your GPS to watch traffic and help you plan the best time to leave for your trip, thus avoiding the major rush hours. This will help you avoid road construction and accidents.
- Plan fuel stops, and use apps to get the lowest prices.
Tip #4 - Always be prepared for an emergency
- Carry an emergency kit and replenish any items you have used in the past. This includes preparing for colder temperatures that can impact your travel:
- First aid kit
- Drinking water
- Reflective triangles (LED lights)
- Reflective vest in case you need to walk to get help
- Duct tape - this is a great temporary solution for a quick repair. Even if you aren’t mechanically minded, you can still patch up with duct tape until you can find a safer and more permanent solution -- while on the road
Tip #5 - Know how to handle bad weather
- Keep your focus on the road, and stay off your phone. That way, you can be aware of the other vehicles and drivers around you.
- 77% of the respondents in the SM survey are concerned about driving in bad weather. If you find yourself driving in bad weather and visibility is an issue, be sure to focus your attention to road markings to keep your awareness. If you have no visibility, pull over in a safe area.
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