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WYDOT wants drivers to be safe during the holiday travel season

Published: Nov. 24, 2021 at 9:59 PM CST
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - In the spirit of the holiday season, many travel to share this time of year with family and loved ones.

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is sharing driver recommendations for getting around safely during the holiday season.

“Avoid distractions whether that’s your cell phone, your family in the car, or your thoughts of turkey. Just focus on the road keep an eye out for wildlife, especially at dawn and dusk,” said Jordan Achs, Public Involvement Specialist, WYDOT.

Holiday travel is expected to be back to pre-pandemic numbers this year; drivers should expect more traffic on the roads.

Folks should give themselves extra time to travel due to potential traffic congestion or winter weather issues.

Recently there’s been snow on I-90, I-25 and I-80.

Travelers should check real-time road and weather conditions before hitting the road.

Drivers of larger vehicles should be aware of strong winds that may cause their cars to drift.

WYDOT advises those drivers to pull over before they blow over and let winds subside.

At get-togethers, make sure to designate a sober driver before sharing a cup of cheer.

Use rideshare apps, taxis, or buses to get back home from festivities.

Law enforcement will be out looking for impaired drivers, so buckle up and avoid distraction.

“We definitely want everyone to get to their destination safely, and its a collective effort to slow down and pay attention while you drive,” said Achs.

For more information on real-time road conditions, check WYO 511, WYO Road Info, WYDOT Interstate cameras or Wyoming Rideshare, Ride Guru for Taxis, Uber, or Lyft.

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