Traveling during holidays can be hectic with the increased number of vehicles on the road. The following are a few tips to help you arrive at your destination safely:

  • Wear your seatbelt – it’s the law.
  • Allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Avoid crowded roads by starting as early as possible. Traffic picks up on the highways the day before a holiday and continues through the weekend.
  • If you are driving through any major metropolitan areas, leave time for construction delays and other congestion.
  • Check the weather in your town, your destination and points along the way.
  • Be prepared by having a good travel kit for your trunk including snow chains, an ice scraper, a good pair of gloves, flares and a flashlight. Warm blankets, water and snacks are a good idea, too.
  • Let the people you are visiting know your route and your expected time of arrival.
  • Don't speed. The leading cause of collisions in North Carolina is speed. Speeding doesn't save that much time on a longer trip.
  • Take breaks when going long distances. AAA recommends that drivers stop every two hours or 100 miles.
  • Turn on your headlights and leave them on throughout the trip.
  • Stay out of the pack of cars to leave you room for any sudden stops.

Drinking and driving

  • Do not drive and drive – it is against the law.
  • If you drink, either stay home, or use a designated driver or ride share service.
  • Motorists with cellular phones can report safety hazards, including suspected drunken drivers, to the Highway Patrol by dialing *HP (*47) toll free.