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Tips for holiday driving

November 26, 1997

Tips for holiday driving

The American Automobile Association offers the following safety tips for motorists over the holiday weekend:

-- Make sure everyone in the vehicle is buckled up and seated in the proper position while on the road.

-- In vehicles with air bags, drivers should sit at least 12 inches away from the steering wheel while maintaining a comfortable position that allows proper control on the vehicle.

-- Front-seat passengers should sit as far back from the dashboard as possible.

-- Passengers 12 years old and younger should travel in back seats.

-- Occupants should be properly restrained with lap or shoulder belts or appropriate child safety seats.

-- Plan your route in advance, and keep a map handy.

-- Give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

-- Before you leave, check your vehicle's fluid levels and make sure the tires, including the spare, are in good condition and properly inflated.

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-- Carry emergency items in your car, including a flashlight with fresh batteries, blankets, jumper cables and a flare or reflective triangle. Consider taking a cellular telephone for emergencies.

-- Drive with your headlights on during the day to make your vehicle more visible to others.

-- Stop for a break every few hours, especially if you're traveling with children.

-- If you become sleepy while driving, find a safe place to park for a short nap.

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