Staying safe during your holiday drive

Maryland

Drivers who have slept less than seven hours in a 24-hour period are more likely to be involved in a vehicle accident, a study by the National Institute of Health (NIH) finds. 

And according to AAA, more than one-third of Americans plan on traveling for the 2018 winter holidays. 

“Well during the holiday season, of course, congestion on the road ways is the number one reason for accidents,” said Alan Decker of Free State Towing.

With such traffic, authorities advise drivers to not only be aware of their surroundings but also of their own fatigue.

“People get a little more tired during this time of year, because they’re working extra hours to buy that extra gift for their loved ones,” Decker said.

Be it working hard or driving long distances, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office says that tired drivers can be just as dangerous as drivers under the influence.

“If you start feeling tired, the exhaustion starts to set in, pull off at a rest stop, some place just to take a nap, rest your eyes. Refresh yourself before proceeding on with your trip,” Carly Hose said, of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Whether you’re tired or not, there will be traffic to deal with.

“You are going to see more motorists, which means you’re going to have more people on the road way. You’re just really gonna need to be patient,” Hose said.    

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