Take Extra Care When Traveling for the Holidays

by Monty Yolles on November 9, 2012

Travel Safely This Season

The Bureau of Travel Statistics (BTS), a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, says the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s holidays are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year.  

During the Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips increases by 54 percent, and during the Christmas/New Year’s travel period the number rises by 23 percent, compared to the rest of the year.  BTS considers a long-distance trip to be one to and from a destination 50 miles or more away.

About 91 percent of people travel by personal vehicle on holiday trips.  Only 5 to 6 percent of holiday trips are by air, while 2 to 3 percent are by bus, train, ship, or other mode.

If you plan to travel by personal vehicle for the holidays, be sure your tires are in optimal shape and have adequate pressure.  Tire pressure can make a huge difference in how your vehicle will react if you need to take maneuvers to avoid an accident.

The reason is simple, yet hardly detectible by the eye.  When a tire is underinflated, most of a vehicle’s weight is concentrated on the tread directly beneath the sidewalls, rather than being spread out evenly across the full width of the tire. This means that as the tire rolls, the sidewalls flex and heat up, negatively impacting both performance and safety. In addition to reduced handling, a low tire can blow out due to the stress from the heat buildup and the constant flexing of the sidewall.

Don’t let low tire pressure ruin your holidays.  Visit our website today at www.YollesLaw.com and sign up to receive a free tire pressure gauge and an e-guide.  Let us help you keep your family safe as you travel this holiday season.

At The Yolles Legal Group, we specialize in restoring people’s lives. We will fight for your rights and seek monetary damages for the wrongful death of a loved one, or if you were injured due to another person or company’s negligence.  Monty Yolles, founder of THE YOLLES LEGAL GROUP, is an experienced Marylandpersonal injury attorney who can review your case and help you navigate the legal system on your road to recovery.  Call Monty Yolles today at (301)670-0443 to discuss your case, or send an email inquiry to monty@yolleslaw.com.

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