Nearly 91 percent of holiday travel in the United States takes place in motor vehicles each year. With more holidays yet to come, it’s important to be aware of the necessary measures to improve driving safety this holiday season.
Below are some best practices to promote driving safety.
1. Check Your Vehicle Before Going Out of Town
Performing your own vehicle inspection can ensure safe travel while traveling long distances.
Vehicle Inspection Checklist:
• Check all tires, including the spare tire, for proper inflation and tread wear
• Ensure that the brakes and brake lights are functioning properly
• Replace worn windshield wipers
• Test headlights and turn signals to ensure that all bulbs are working as intended
• Measure oil and fluid levels within the vehicle
• Ensure the vehicle has enough gas to make it to the next designated location
• Check belts and hoses for any visible cracks or bulges
*If these are four years old or older, the National Safety Council suggests taking your
car to a certified technician to evaluate safe operation.
2. Avoid Driving While Distracted
Statistics from 2010 indicate that 18 percent of crashes were as a result of distracted drivers. Distractions can include the use of mobile devices, talking, and eating and/or drinking while driving. Being cognizant of potential distractions can promote awareness and reduce exposure while driving.
3. Use Caution While Driving at Night
Administering necessary maintenance on your vehicle can promote safety while driving at night. This includes, but is not limited to, checking the functionality and alignment of both the headlights and brake lights on the vehicle. Proper headlight and brake light functionality promotes not only your ability to see while driving, but also helps other drivers to see you.
Additionally, it is recommended that drivers reduce speed and following distance as human eyes adjust differently at night than during the day. Driving at night adversely affects our depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision.
The ISN Team hopes that these driving best practices will help keep you and your loved ones safe this holiday season.