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How to stay safe on the road during the holidays

In our previous posts we discussed how excessive speed and inattentiveness can lead to tragic results on Mississippi's highways. With Christmas next week, it is expected that more people will be on the road as families get together once again to celebrate.

Some of the following safety measures will seem obvious, but we believe they are important enough to reiterate because they allow people to walk away from accidents. As with the old adage "an ounce of precaution is worth a pound of cure," we give our readers the following safety tips:

Plan your route - If you are traveling on familiar roads, chances are that you will have less anxiety and reduce the likelihood that you will make sudden turns.

Service your vehicle - While 90 percent of accidents are attributable to driver error, driving a safe vehicle also reduces your chances of having an accident. Make sure that your brakes are in good shape, and that your tires still have the proper tread. Also correct any electrical or engine based problems before hitting the road.

Set proper tire pressure -Neglecting tire pressure is just as dangerous as driving on bald tires. So make sure that your tires are properly inflated.

Slow down - Most massive accidents that have occurred since Thanksgiving have been a result of poor road conditions (i.e. ice, snow, fog). So if the roads are in poor condition or if visibility is limited, slow down to accommodate the conditions. You may also postpone your trip and wait till the weather clears.

Source: AOL Autos.com, 8 Holiday Driving Tips

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