SOURCE: Mayflower Transit

November 24, 2008 15:31 ET

Driving Experts From Mayflower Transit Offer Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays

ST. LOUIS, MO--(Marketwire - November 24, 2008) - According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, affiliated with the U.S. Department of Transportation, an estimated 8 to 10 million people will travel over Thanksgiving and Christmas, with 91 percent traveling by car. Mayflower Transit, recognized by the National Safety Council for its emphasis on safe, defensive driving, offers the following tips to educate drivers, and ultimately, prevent accidents and save lives during the holiday season, a time of year especially prone to inclement weather.

-- When the Other Sleigh is Bigger -- If you are driving directly behind or to the right of a big rig and you can't see the truck's side mirrors, chances are that the driver can't see you. Most trucks have blind spots, so it's important to stay in the driver's line of sight when preparing to pass. This is especially important in winter weather when falling snow can further reduce vision. Keep a safe distance at all times and avoid tailgating to reduce the risk of accidents by allowing more reaction time for abrupt stops and slides.

-- Under the Bridge to Grandmother's House -- When inclement weather makes it impossible to continue driving, pull to the side of the road under a bridge or overpass and wait for the storm to pass. In addition to the standard emergency supplies of a blanket, flashlight, bottled water and emergency flares, Mayflower drivers also recommend traveling with a GPS system, which can identify the nearest hotel, gas station or restaurant.

-- (Rein)Deer in the Headlights -- Vehicles kill hundreds of deer each year and more than half of all vehicle-deer collisions happen between October and December. If it's impossible to avoid colliding with a deer, break lightly while keeping the vehicle pointed straight ahead. Swerving to avoid a deer causes more car damage and injury than a slow, head-on collision.

About Mayflower Transit

Mayflower Transit, founded in 1927, is one of the nation's oldest and largest van lines and transports household goods, electronic equipment, trade show exhibits and displays, works of art and specialized freight, utilizing a network of 700 affiliated agents throughout the United States and around the world. Mayflower's headquarters are located in suburban St. Louis. Further information about the company is available at www.mayflower.com.

Contact Information

  • For further information, contact:
    Jennifer Bonham
    (636) 349-2508
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