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Tips for safe travel this Christmas

Remember to slow down when driving in the rain. (Image Source: WLOX News) Remember to slow down when driving in the rain. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Highway Patrol has started their holiday enforcement period, and will be looking for impaired drivers. (Image Source: WLOX News) Highway Patrol has started their holiday enforcement period, and will be looking for impaired drivers. (Image Source: WLOX News)
Corporal Seibert wants to remind drivers about the importance of buckling up. (Image Source: WLOX News) Corporal Seibert wants to remind drivers about the importance of buckling up. (Image Source: WLOX News)
HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

It seems like the rain is here to stay, but that doesn't mean drivers are staying off the roadways. According to Corporal Benjamin Seibert with Mississippi Highway Patrol, the key is slowing down when traveling the interstate.

“In inclement weather people need to slow down. If you run 70 miles an hour which is the speed limit for I-10, in pouring rain, you're going to end up in the median. Hopefully you will just need a tow truck and we will have to tow you out,” said Seibert.

Also, before hitting the road, do a safety check of your vehicle like tire pressure and brakes. If you're renting a car that isn't a similar model to what you drive every day, take extra precautions.

“You get muscle memory when you drive a car so long. So, actual placement or spacing of the gas pedal and brake pedal will mess you up as well as turn signal, headlamp switches and all of that.

One of the most important things is to buckle up.

“During the Thanksgiving holiday period we worked four fatality accidents and they were all basically the same wreck. One vehicle goes off the roadway rolls over, driver not wearing a seat belt, driver gets ejected,” said Seibert.

Lastly, pay attention when driving. Don't follow too closely, keep at least a half a tank of gas at all times, and keep your eyes on the road.

“We're going to be out here working and we're going to be doing our job and that does involve locking up people and working accidents. We just want people to make correct decisions so that we don't have to do that. We don't want to do a fatality notification on Christmas,” said Seibert.

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