Holiday Travel Safety

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Updated: 11/26/2013 7:00 pm
The day before Thanksgiving is also known as Black Wednesday due to the increase in car accidents. Over 43 million people across the nation will be traveling this week. Before your hunger drives you to that second plate of turkey, you can make sure your drive to Grandma’s house is a safe one. Rosemary Baker, a resident of Vancleave, knows it's crucial to have her car in good condition for holiday travel. She, along with millions of others across the nation, is planning to drive Thanksgiving week. "Before we take off and drive 400 to 500 miles, I want to be sure that the tires are safe, and that the brakes are working properly.” Today, she brought her car into a local dealership for an inspection. Baker also says, "It's a long drive and we wanted to be positive that there won't be any problems." The service center says the top things to check for before traveling are: tires, brakes, wiper blades, coolant, and oil. Checking these things could be the difference between breaking down on the road and being home with family.

Brad Bowman, the Service Manager at Pat Peck Kia, says, "You don't want to get out on the road and have something happen. You could be in a place where you don't know there area, on the interstate somewhere. Something you could have got resolved before you left and not have any issues with it.” When getting into your car to go to your Thanksgiving destination, be sure to put those cell phones away! Law enforcement will not be tolerating any distracted driving this holiday season. Also, be sure to buckle up. Jason Gazzo, a Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl., says, “It's a great time of year and something like a bad crash or fatality is a bad thing. It's a bad thing for law enforcement, and it's a horrible thing for families. We're asking for people to be safe and slow down.” Law enforcement encourages having some sort of emergency kit while traveling. Gazzo also says, "We see so many people where they don't have the basic stuff like a tire or a jack. It doesn't have to be anything extreme, just have a plan." While holiday travel can be a hassle, Baker agrees that if you're prepared, it doesn't have to be. Law enforcement also suggests having an emergency kit ready in the car. Here are some of the things you can include: a first aid kit, drinking water, a blanket, a pocket knife, and a flash light.
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