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Safe driving tips for holiday travel

Published: Dec. 3, 2020 at 6:31 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - According to Zutobi road accidents and fatalities hit their peak during the holiday season. During Thanksgiving of 2018, the amount of reported road fatalities were four-times higher than the national daily average. Head of Growth of Zutobi, Leo Waldenback, here are some tips in order to prevent accidents and fatalities:

  • Maintain a proper following distance of three seconds. Tailgating can result in an accident.
  • Drive sober. According to Waldenback, generally 35-40 percent of road fatalities tend to have at least one alcohol impaired driver.

“Alcohol takes time to leave the system, much longer than you think,” Waldenback said. “One can feel sober, but still be drunk driving.”

  • Do not drive distracted. Waldenback says on average, sending a text message takes five seconds. Taking your eyes off the road for five seconds is equivalent to driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed at 55 miles per hour (mph).
  • Adapt to different road conditions. If driving from a snowy or freezing area, clear all snow and ice off the vehicle before heading on the road. Clearing snow and ice off the vehicle could prevent a hazard for drivers behind you. Also, look out for shaded areas on the road. They can be slippery.
  • Take regular rest breaks. The benchmark is to rest every two hours for 15 minutes. Waldenback says driving while tired/sleepy is equivalent to driving drunk. For example, not sleeping for 17 hours is roughly the same as driving with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05. Twenty-four hours without sleep is roughly a level of 0.08, which is drunk driving.
  • Beat the traffic. Hit the road early to avoid as much heavy traffic as you can, during extended travel.

“This is the kind of mindset you should have all of the time because you can drastically decrease the chance of being in an accident by properly following the laws, and knowing the road rules and being a responsible driver,” Waldenback said.

For more information on safe driving tips during the holiday season, visit: https://zutobi.com/us.

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