With Christmas just four days away, road safety will continue to be a major concern as people travel to celebrate the holidays amongst their family.
For the first time in three years, the holiday season has twelve days instead of eleven, which allows for an extra day of driving or visiting family.
According to AAA, over 30% of Americans will travel at least 50 miles during the upcoming holiday season, which ranges from December 21st through January 1st.
It's estimated that nearly 90 million people will travel by car and another 6 million people by plane during the holidays. This can cause an unsafe amount of drivers, especially during poor weather conditions. So choosing the proper departure time can be very important.
"The best way I can figure is that if you're traveling with children, travel at night because there's less traffic on the road and your kids will sleep the whole trip," said Amanda Flesher, a Lewis County resident. "Also, give yourself an extra hour of what you think just in case you run into an accident on the interstate or things of that nature."
Making sure that your vehicle is prepared for the trip is also very important.
"Check the fluids in your vehicle, make sure your oil and antifreeze are all good, and of course check the tires. If there's bad weather when you're planning the trip, you may need to allow for extra time because of road conditions. Watch for black ice, slick roads, and other drivers," said Michael Wilburn, a Bridgeport Fire Department Shift Captain.
AAA lists a few tips to follow. Make sure your vehicle has been properly maintained, keep any valuables or Christmas presents covered in the trunk, have the number for roadside assistance handy, and map out your trip in advance.
These simple tips can help create a safe and happy trip during the holiday season.