To assist with driving, The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles has launched its Holiday Travel Campaign. We like the idea. It’s to ensure motorists “Arrive Alive” to their destination.

Holiday Travel

   The holidays are a peak travel period. Subsequently, millions of Floridians and visitors are expected to travel on Florida roads over the next two months.
   Therefore, the Department of Highway Safety is partnering with the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and the AAA – The Auto Club Group. The goal is to urge responsible driving and vehicle safety.

Holiday Travel Safety

  To that end, the group will work to educate Floridians and visitors on safe driving practices. Those include  driving sober, buckling up, checking tires and registering their Emergency Contact Information.
  We think these are great ideas.
   An additional focus will be placed on obeying speed limits, not driving distracted and reporting dangerous drivers.
  “This holiday season, the best gift we can give one another is to ensure everyone who travels our roadways arrives to their destination safely,”
DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes.

Buckle Up

  Seat belts save lives. Last year alone, some 38 percent of those who were killed in crashes in vehicles. That’s where seat belt use is required. Some apparently chose not to wear their seat belts.
   Always make sure everyone in your vehicle has the proper restraint secured at all times, including themselves.
“The Florida Highway Patrol encourages everyone to plan ahead before traveling on Florida’s roadways this holiday season,”
Colonel Gene S. Spaulding, Director of the Florida Highway Patrol.

Watch for Other Drivers

   As the holiday season is fast approaching, we are reminded that family celebrations can turn to tragedy when a family member or friend is involved in a traffic accident.
  We join the campaign and encourage the millions of Floridians and visitors to remain diligent with their driving and never drive impaired.
    The Florida Holiday Travel Campaign basically wants to help  people stay safe this holiday season. That,  so we all can enjoy celebrating with friends and family.  Never put your life or the lives of others in danger by getting behind the wheel impaired.

Preparation Hints

  One important thing is to keep tire safety at the top of your holiday travel checklist. Remember – tires are a vehicle’s first line of defense on the road.
   Proper tire maintenance is crucial to avoiding dangerous driving situations, like hydroplaning due to unsafe tread depth. It is also important during the holidays not to overload the vehicle, which may cause tire blowouts.
  Additionally,  drivers always should keep their eyes on the road. Keep your hands on the wheel and mind on driving. Travelers may need to adjust accordingly as traffic congestion and weather conditions may require driving more slowly this time of the year.
  Keep distractions at a minimum.
  Travelers are encouraged to report aggressive or impaired drivers by dialing *FHP (*347) and check traffic conditions before departing for their trip by visiting