RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The Virginia Trucking Association is urging drivers to stay safe on the roads during the busy holiday season and upcoming winter weather.
"AAA Mid-Atlantic projects that 3 million Virginians are expected to travel at least 50 miles during the holiday period, a 2.9 percent increase over last year," the Virginia Trucking Association said.
About 107 million are expected to hit the road nationwide, which is a 3 percent increase from 2016.
"The holidays are a great time to get together with family and friends to celebrate," said Dale Bennett, President & CEO of the Virginia Trucking Association. "Following these simple tips and planning your trip ahead of time makes a big difference in creating a safe environment for everyone on our highways."
Here are some tips drivers should follow:
- Remove ice and snow from your car, including your roof so it does not create a hazard for the driver behind you.
- Slow down
- Buckle up
- Do not drive impaired, and avoid impaired drivers
- Be aware of truck blind spots. Pass on the left where the truck's blind spot is much smaller.
- Keep your eyes on the road
- Do not cut in front of large trucks
- Prepare your vehicle for long distance travel. and make sure to check your wipers and fluids.
- Leave early to avoid risks
- Be aware of the vehicle in front of you
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