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Drive Safely into the Holidays

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Let’s face it, the roads are busy during the holidays. According to AAA, roughly 107.3 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more from home during Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 of last year. Whether you are traveling by sleigh or car, follow these simple tips to ensure the safety of you and other passengers before you hit the road.

– Familiarize yourself with the route you plan on taking and share it with those you are going to visit.

– Make sure your vehicle is inspected before a long drive (oil, brakes, tires, etc.). Bringing your car in to be serviced can deter a roadside incident from occurring.

– Prepare a well-stocked emergency kit to keep in your vehicle with necessary tools, including a spare tire, jumper cables and a first-aid kit.

– Pack a car charger for your phone, especially if you are using it for navigation.

– Never drive while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. Make sure that whoever is driving is fully alert and gets plenty of rest before getting behind the wheel.