Many of us will be on the roads this coming Thanksgiving holiday. In fact, it’s one of the busiest times of the year on the roadways. More cars on the roads, means potentially more vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the Thanksgiving holiday sees an increase in crashes and fatalities. Please join us and those around you and practice safe driving.

  • Buckle up. Every Trip. Every Time. The NHTSA is reminding everyone that seat belts save lives. Buckling up gives you your best defense against injury or death in a crash. Ensure that children are also buckled in the right seats for their age and size.
  • Travel at safe speeds. Keep aware of weather and road conditions and drive at a safe speed for current conditions. Speed affects your safety on the roadways, even if you are driving at the posted speed limit. Night driving and driving on roads under repair may also require a reduction in speed.
  • Don’t drive distracted. Pay attention to the road and your driving. Don’t text, read emails, or eat while driving. Anything that takes your attention away from your driving is a distraction. Distractions can be visual, manual, or cognitive (taking your mind off of driving) distractions.
  • Drive sober. If you plan on drinking, designate a sober driver. Remember too, if you have used an impairing substance such as marijuana or some prescription medications, do not drive. It is never okay to drive while you are impaired by any substance.

Should you encounter emergency vehicles while you are driving, please drive safely around the vehicles, not only for your safety, but also for the safety of our first responders! Remember, when you see an emergency response vehicle, give them room, pull to the right, and stop. It’s the law. The National Safety Council recommends that when you hear an emergency vehicle, take the appropriate action:

  • If you are in the right lane, slow down, move to the right shoulder and stop.
  • If you’re in the left lane, move into the lane to your right and stop.
  • If moving to the right isn’t possible, move to the right side of your lane and stop.
  • Never stop in an intersection. Safely drive through and then pull to the side of the road and stop.
  • Don’t try to anticipate what an emergency vehicle will do. Pull safely to the side of the road and wait for it to pass.
  • Don’t follow. Let the vehicle go on its way and do the same yourself.
  • Don’t get distracted. Put down your phone and pay attention to the road.
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