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How to stay safe during long holiday road trips

It's just about that time of year again--when your extended family packs their suitcases or car trunks to come together and celebrate the holiday season. No matter how joyful and love-filled holidays spent with relatives can be the whole process of actually getting to your designated place of celebration can truly be a drag. According to AAA, 46.9 million Americans set out to travel for their 2015 Thanksgiving holiday. Of the nearly 50 million travelers, about 89 percent will drive to their destination. With so many people projected to be on the road next week, it is more important than ever to practice safe driving. Read on for the best tips and tricks to make your holiday road trip as safe as can be. Preparation is key Before beginning your long haul drive you should make the necessary preparations--especially if you are the driver. Take your car to be serviced, make sure your tires have enough air and maybe even change your oil. Basically, you want your vehicle to be as ready as you are. Once your car is in order you should focus on getting yourself ready. Get enough sleep and eat a good, trustworthy meal before settling in for the drive. Don't over-caffeinate and stock your car with easy-to-access, easy-to-consume snacks and drinks. You should also think ahead and choose your entertainment options. Make an engaging music playlist or grab a great and mentally stimulating audiobook from your local library. It's important to tailor your entertainment options so that you don't have to become distracted en route. And on that note, preprogram any necessary directions into your GPS system of choice. Take breaks and stretch Long drives are taxing and sometimes all you want to do is just get where you're going. Even so, it is so important to take breaks to alleviate the effects of sitting down and staring at the road for hours on end. When you fill up your tank take a moment to walk around the station's premises and to stretch your limbs. This way you will be more comfortable when you sit back down and your blood will flow better, keeping you in that comfortable state. Listen to your body and don't ignore any warning signs. Brake as often as necessary for restroom breaks, snack breaks and stretch breaks. You should even consider stopping for a sit-down meal just to get a refreshing change of scenery. Know (and follow) the rules of the road Believe it or not, each state may have differing rules when it comes to cellphones, speeding, etc. If your road trip involves crossing through unfamiliar states it would be in your best interest to read up on state-specific rules and nuances. As always, it is so important to remain aware when on the road. Look out for reckless drivers, dangerous road conditions, inclement weather or even crossing animals. If you find yourself or someone you know the victim of a car accident this holiday season contact Rhett Hoestenbach to get the legal support and guidance you deserve. Just because you're on holiday next week doesn't mean accidents don't happen.  

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