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Safety Tips for Holiday Travel

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house we go!
There will be an increased number of people on the roadways this Christmas as more travelers are choosing to drive to their destinations instead of fly. Driving allows travelers to avoid security lines, delayed flights, baggage fees, and lost luggage. For many, it is more cost-effective to drive instead of fly.

In Arizona, the average price of gas is currently $3.169, which is a 10-month low. There are reports that the price at some gas stations in the Phoenix metro area is less than $3/gallon. This makes the option of driving much more appealing than price of flying.

AAA has predicted that nearly 92 million Americans will be traveling this holiday, 83.6 million of which will be on the road. This is up 1.4 percent from last year. In Arizona, 1.7 million people are expected to hit the road and another 134,745 are expected to fly for their holiday travels.

The Arizona MVD publishes “crash facts” every year, including statistics regarding fatalities on the road during various holidays. During the last five years, there were an average of 8 fatal crashes over Christmas and 13 fatal crashes over New Year’s holiday in Arizona.

This holiday season, please stay safe on the roadways by following these tips:

  • Check your traffic and weather conditions often. Be especially careful when driving in snow, rain, ice, and fog. Drive at a speed that is safe for the conditions, which may be less than the speed limit.
  • Avoid distractions such as fussing with your phone and iPod.
  • Be aware that some cities and states do not allow you to text while driving or require you to talk on your phone using a hands-free device.
  • Drive with your lights on so you can be easily seen by others. Do not use your high beams as they can blind other drivers and impair your vision during foggy conditions.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
  • Do not drink and drive.
  • Do not drive when you are tired. Have someone else drive or pull into a rest stop or gas station for a nap.
  • Be patient. It is better to get there late than to not get there at all.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an automobile accident, contact the Phoenix personal injury lawyers at the personal injury law firm Oracle Law Group today.

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