On your way to Grandma’s house for the holidays? Take some tips from every day drivers who have traveled more than a million accident-free miles: United States Postal Service mail carriers.

I make sure my vehicle is in complete operative condition every day,” she said. “I identify and report repair work for lights, tires, wipers and mirrors, and I then make sure that the repairs are done ASAP.”

I’ve learned to slow down with my driving [especially around] businesses that generate a lot of traffic. I use my turn signals — even in parking lots which are inherently unsafe.”

Five Tips for Safe Holiday Driving

•Drive defensively — expect the unexpected.
•Maintain a safe distance of one car length for every 10 mph between you and the car in front of you.
•Be courteous, use turn signals and obey all laws.
•Keep your options open — have a “what to do if I’m cut off” strategy.
•Turn off mobile devices when driving — no cell phones or texting.

Holiday Party Driving Tips

Another facet of the holidays is the additional amount of travel that comes along with attending various functions coupled with the increased amount of holiday shoppers on the road. If possible, drivers should try to stay off the road between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m., when drunk driving accidents are most likely.
•Have a designated driver. It’s one of the simplest rules to follow, but also one of the most effective in keeping people safe on the roads.
•Have cab numbers on hand. If someone should not be driving and they insist on going home, call a cab for them instead of allowing them to take the risk of driving home.
•Eat food if you are drinking alcohol. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause a person to become intoxicated faster.