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Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads over the Holidays

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The holidays are a time of cheer, but they can also be a time for battling traffic and bad weather all the way to Grandma”s house. Staying safe should be a top priority for all travelers so the Better Business Bureau recommends taking a few precautions when hitting the road this holiday.

“Because of weather conditions and increased traffic, staying safe on the roads over the holidays takes a few additional precautions,”# said Fred T. Elsberry, Jr., president & CEO of the BBB Serving Metro Atlanta, Athens & Northeast Georgia. “Before loading up the family, make sure the car is in good shape and you”re prepared for bad weather. While you”re driving, put down your cell phone or GPS and focus on the road ahead.”#

BBB recommends taking the following steps for safe driving this holiday season:

Create a car safety kit – Holiday driving often includes the threat of dangerous winter weather. Snow and ice lead to accidents, car troubles, long delays and road closures. You can prepare for bad weather by creating your own safety kit. Basics for the kit include a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, radio, first aid kit, jumper cables, non-perishable foods like granola bars and nuts, bottled water, an ice scraper and warm gloves.

Take the car in for a checkup – Breaking down on the side of the road can definitely put a damper on the holiday spirit. If your car is due for a check up, take it in before making that long haul. At the very least, check the car”s fluid levels, wipers and tire pressure. Check the condition of your tires and, if you plan on driving through serious winter weather, consider getting snow tires.

Take the Better Business Bureau with you – When you”re away from home or in the midst of an emergency, it”s hard to know which businesses”such as tow trucks and locksmiths”you can trust. Download the free BBB mobile app to be sure you”re dealing with BBB Accredited businesses.# Find out how at www.bbb.org/iphone/

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