This long holiday weekend will be filled with turkey, shopping, and lots of traveling for many Pennsylvania residents. AAA projects that an estimated 1.6 million Pennsylvanians will be traveling over 50 miles between Wednesday and Sunday. This increased road traffic brings along the risk for an increased number of car accidents. To help control traffic and keep the roadways safe, Pennsylvania State Police are stepping up enforcement efforts including sobriety check points and speed traps.
There are many things that you can do to help ensure that your holiday travel is safe and enjoyable. The American Red Cross offers the following safety tips for everyone who is traveling by car this holiday season:
- Make sure your vehicle is in good working order.
- Start out with a full tank of gas, check the tire air pressure and make sure the windshield fluid is full.
- Buckle up, slow down, and don't drive impaired. Designate a driver who won't drink.
- Be well rested and alert.
- Use caution in work zones.
- Give one's full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Observe speed limits - driving too fast or too slow can increase the chance of being in a collision.
- Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If the driver is tired, stop and get some rest.
- Be respectful of other motorists and follow the rules of the road.
- Don't follow another vehicle too closely.
- Clean the vehicle's headlights, taillights, signal lights and windows.
- Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or if using windshield wipers due to inclement weather.
- Don't overdrive the headlights.
- If car trouble develops, pull off the road as far as possible.
- Keep an emergency preparedness kit in the vehicle. Useful items include water, snacks, a flashlight, first aid kit, extra cash and blankets.
We hope that everyone has a wonderful holiday weekend!