Whether it's across town or around the world, take the few extra minutes to make the trip unforgettable… in a good way.
If you are traveling in extreme cold, check and restock the winter emergency supplies in your car before you leave, do not travel in low visibility conditions, and avoid traveling on ice-covered roads, overpasses, and bridges if at all possible. Take a couple of minutes to check out items the American Red Cross recommends for your car emergency kit.
Don't drink and drive. Alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes kill someone every 30 minutes and non-fatally injure someone every two minutes. During 2003, 17,013 people in the U.S. died in alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes, representing 40% of all traffic-related deaths. In 2002, about 1.5 million drivers were arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or narcotics.
- Don't drink and drive.
- Wear seat belts.
- Bundle up.
- Listen for radio or television reports of travel advisories issued by the National Weather Service.
For more facts, see CDC's alcohol-impaired driving fact sheet.