During this December holiday season, a record-breaking 112.5 million Americans will be traveling, which is a 4.4% increase since last year, according to American Automobile Association (AAA). While many people may choose to fly this holiday season, it is important for the ones who are driving to their Christmas destinations to be prepared for their travels, no matter the distance. Some precautions you should take to help ensure safe travels include making sure you have gotten a recent oil change, and if not do so, check your tires to make sure they have the right pressure, keep your gas tank at least ¼ full, do not let it go below that, and be sure to secure all luggage in the car.
No matter if you are driving with your family, friends, or alone, traffic may cause stress during your travels. However, it is very important to remember to stay patient in these situations in order to keep everyone on the roads safe. In order to prevent being rushed, AAA suggests that you leave earlier then you normally would because with holiday traffic, delays should be expected. This way, you will not be as rushed and your drive will be much less stressful.
Law enforcement will be present on all North Carolina roads through the New Year, and will be enforcing their annual Booze it & Lose it campaign, which intends to keep the roads safe this holiday season and save lives. After drinking, you should not operate a car, as the consequences of doing so may be deadly. Over the past 5 years, 300 people died due to drunk driving accidents the week between Christmas and New Years. This holiday season, there will be multiple checkpoints and saturation patrols. If you are caught driving above the legal limit, you will be stopped and charged, but this can be avoided by not driving after drinking.
Please try to stay safe this holiday season. However, if you find yourself in trouble, such as a traffic ticket, car accident, or criminal charge such as driving while impaired (DWI/DUI), please call Collins Law Firm for a confidential consultation at 910-793-9000.
By Sarah M. Collins, Legal Assistant