Holiday Driving Safety Tips
By Benefits Team
Keep your family and yourself safe during the holidays and welcome the 2018 New Year. Here are a few tips:
Did you know if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC’s) of .08 or higher is considered drunk driving? Designate a sober driver ahead of time or call Uber/Lyft. Take turns as a designated driver with your family and friends. If you are hosting a party and see someone is drunk, help them get a safe ride home.
Your iPhone, texting, eating, etc. are all distractions. Put away your iPhone or pull over to take the call or text. Even if you are using a hands free device, you may still be distracted by the conversation. Children can also be a distraction. Set rules for car etiquette and provide games.
Remember to wear your seat belt and make sure your passengers wear their seat belts. Seat belts can reduce your injuries in a car accident.
If you drink, remember your medications can cause drowsiness and may interact with alcohol. Read your medication labels.
During the holidays there seems to be more traffic so leave extra time to get to your destination. By speeding, you may cause an accident and/or lose control of the car. Remember to leave distance between your car for any sudden stops.
Peak sleepiness periods are between midnight to 6 a.m. and late afternoon. If you feel drowsy; drink coffee, pull over to a safe spot and take a 20 minutes nap. Get enough sleep the night before.