“Oh, there’s no place like home for the holidays.” There’s no doubt the roads get a little bit busier during this time of year. As people travel all across the country to see their loved ones, it’s important to remember the road can be a dangerous place.
According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for people aged 1‒54 in the United States. More than 37,000 people were killed in crashes in 2016. However, many of these deaths can be prevented. Buckle up, drive sober, and stay safe on the roads this holiday season.
Protect Yourself and Your Loved Ones
- Always wear your seatbelt and ensure that everyone else in your vehicle is buckled-up in age- and size-appropriate restraints.
Protect Your Children
Remember that all children under age 13 should always ride properly restrained in the back seat.
- Make sure car seats and booster seats are properly installed and that any children riding with you are in the right car seat, booster seat, or seat belt for their age and size.
- For more information about Child Passenger Safety see the CDC’s guidelines here.
- Though thick outerwear will keep your children warm, it can interfere with the proper harness fit on your child in a car seat. Instead, place blankets or coats around your child after the harness is snug and secure.
- Never leave your child unattended in or around your vehicle.
- Always remember to lock your vehicle and to keep your keys out of reach when exiting so children do not play or get trapped inside.
Avoid Risky Driving Behaviors
- Do not text or engage in any activities that may distract you while driving.
- Obey all posted speed limits, but drive even slower if necessary for weather conditions.
- Alcohol and drugs impair perception, judgment, motor skills, and memory – the skills critical for safe and responsible driving.