Holiday Travel 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 of 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.