AAA predicts that 87.7 million Americans will hit the roads during the year-end holidays, the busiest travel period of the year. Most of these are families traveling with cargo more precious than any holiday gifts – their children. CHOC encourages drivers to follow these tips to help keep passengers safe on the roads this busy travel season.
• Get plenty of rest before you set off on your destination.
• The night before you leave, avoid alcohol or any medication that might impair your driving.
• If you are traveling a long distance, plan to have rest stops. Young children can get anxious in the car. A few stops along the way can allow them to release some anxious energy, while providing respite to the driver!
• Allow extra time for delays and traffic, so you are not tempted to speed.
• Pack snacks for yourself and your passengers.
• To avoid unnecessary spills, bring plastic cups with their own lids and straws.
• Bring plenty of “boredom busters” for kids. Car-friendly games, puzzles, coloring books, small computer games, and portable CD players with headsets can keep little ones occupied.
• And, be sure everyone is properly buckled up.
Wishing you safe travels!