Driving behaviors do not typically change just because we are in the holiday season. But it is still good for Mississippi drivers to remember that safe driving habits are even more important during a time of high activity like the end of the year. Not only do accidents during the holidays put a damper on festivities, but they are also often tragic when fatal injuries occur.
Reduce driving speeds
Safety begins with good individual driving practices, and one of the most unsafe driving practices is speeding. Different sections of the highway are posted with speed maximums based on safe negotiation of curves and hills, and many sections are reduced speed zones. This is especially important on the numerous two-lane roads in Mississippi, which is a common location for motor vehicle accidents.
Avoid distracted driving
Distracted driving is a serious issue when in transit on the highways, and it can happen in a variety of ways. Not only is cell phone usage problematic for drivers, loud audio and even conversations between passengers can create distractions as well. Even drinking or eating can be a distraction.
Avoid alcohol and drugs
Mississippi highway patrol are always on the lookout for impaired drivers during the holidays, as many auto accidents include the use of alcohol by an involved driver. It is never a good decision to drive after drinking or using drugs of any type, including prescription medications.
Another very serious issue is making sure all children are properly secured in approved restraint seating. Safety concerns for all passengers are actually of utmost importance when in transit, which means that vehicles should not exceed passenger limits. Additionally, each passenger should have a designated seat belt that is always buckled while the vehicle is moving.