Holiday Travel: Keep It Safe

People usually pack a great deal of activity into a short holiday period. With so much going on — family gatherings, meals and leftovers, the opening of holiday shopping, and traveling to and fro’ — many of the little things that are thought about throughout the year are seemingly forgotten. It is the traveling to and fro’ we want to talk about this morning.

We know traffic safety is something people think about daily, so, therefore, it likely falls off people’s plates of importance over the holidays, we want to put out, again, a few of the reminders offered. Hopefully, these tips will help people to stay safe on the roads today and tomorrow, whether traveling across many states or just down the block.

These are some auto travel safety tips AAA the association recommends:

• Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. This is something you probably took care of before leaving home, but it is a good thing to double- check that those belts, hoses and tires are in good shape. And have your vehicle safety inspected when you get home.

• Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during the most popular times of the year. Most people use GPS, Google maps and MapQuest, for example, to get to where they are going. They forget that these are valuable tools when heading back home.

• Keep anything of value in the trunk or covered storage area. This is especially important during the holiday shopping season.

• And a big one: If you’re traveling with children, remind them not to talk to strangers. Go with them on bathroom breaks and give them whistles or some form of letting others know only in an emergency that they may be in trouble or if they get separated from the family.

Heed these and other safety warnings or share them with the people who will be traveling.

— The Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids

“Heed these and other safety warnings or share them with the people who will be traveling.”

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