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Arriving home safely this holiday weekend

If you are like many Americans, you have opted to travel during this holiday weekend. Whether you have been visiting friends, family or have simply decided to take a road trip, it is important that you take care to arrive home safely.

According to projections made by AAA, approximately 100 million Americans will have traveled at least 50 miles from their homes between December 23, 2015 and January 3, 2016. Of those 100 million American travelers, a staggering 91.3 million will have traveled this significant distance by motor vehicle. As a result, you are likely to be sharing very crowded roads on your way home this weekend.

It is worth noting that AAA expects to provide approximately 900,000 individuals with roadside assistance during the 12-day period mentioned above. This statistic should serve as a reminder that vehicles both crash and break down in significant numbers at this time of year. As a result, it is important that you make sure that your vehicle is in good working order before you set off on your journey home. In addition, it is vitally important that you pay critical attention to the road. If you are intoxicated, distracted, drowsy or overly emotional, you may place yourself and others at significant risk of experiencing an accident.

In addition, it is important to pay close attention to weather conditions throughout your journey. If you are venturing home across a significant distance, you may encounter unfamiliar weather patterns and road conditions. Researching these two realities before you leave may help you to arrive home safely and soundly.

Source: Cars.com, "Record-Breaking Holiday Travel Means More Cars, More Concerns," Matt Schmitz, Dec. 30, 2015

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