Headed Out For Spring Break? Drive Safely!
If you are getting ready to head out for spring break, you need to make sure you have all the proper precautions in place to ensure a safe trip on the road.
Here are some tips for staying safe when driving on spring break:
- Never drink and drive - You should already know this, but the National Highway Safety Traffic Administration (NHTSA) reported more than 10,000 deaths from drinking and driving during 2013. If you plan on drinking, either get a designated driver or call a cab. You shouldn't let your friends drink and drive either, instead, call a cab. Remember, it is your responsibility to keep drunk friends off the road as well.
- Don't drive fatigued - Drowsy driving is a leading cause of crashes. At least 100,000 accidents caused by fatigued driving are reported each year. Take breaks when you need to. Get out and walk around. Take a power nap. Do what you need to so you aren't driving drowsy. If you need to, take a break to recharge or let someone else drive for a while.
- Swap out drivers - If you are driving for a while or especially a long distance, you need to rotate drivers periodically. Even if you don't think you are tired, you should take breaks so drowsy driving can be prevented.
- Don't drive non-stop - If you plan on a long drive, you might want to divide it up and stop along the way. Even spend the night if you are traveling several hours. This helps prevent drowsy driving and helps you stay focused behind the wheel.
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