Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Serious Holiday Preparations

The facts are sobering.

More than 6 million car accidents occur in the United States every year, killing one person every 12 minutes. More than 40,000 people a year die on the nation’s roadways and another two million are permanently injured. And highway accidents are the leading cause of death for those between the ages of 2 and 34.

Not exactly holiday cheer, but those numbers should make everyone take notice. One wrong move or one ill-timed decision could leave you and your family in danger on the side of the road.

It’s likely holiday travel is on your schedule. After you load the car, take a moment to protect your personal safety. Can you see out the back window? Enough gas? How’s tire pressure? Most drivers wear a seatbelt, but it’s equally important to belt in your backseat passengers and even pets, according to The National Safety Council and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Check writer Lee Grayson’s auto travel tips at USA Today’s Travel page. Be safe on the roads now and in the New Year, too.

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