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Monday, April 22, 2024

AAA: Drive safely while viewing holiday lights

Enjoying holiday lights from your car is a great way to get into the holiday spirit, but it can also be extremely dangerous if you’re not careful.

Between the warmer weather were seeing and how early it gets dark this time of year, there are a lot of pedestrians out for evening walks as the holiday lights are turning on.

“Holiday lights are beautiful to look at, but can also be a dangerous distraction for passing motorists,” said Meredith Mitts, spokesperson for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Distracted drivers moving through a residential area at night can be a recipe for disaster, especially if there are pedestrians in the area. AAA urges holiday revelers to remain focused on the road while driving. If you wish to enjoy the lights, be sure to pull over safely first.”

AAA recommends following these tips to stay safe while viewing light displays:

•  Buckle up. Everyone in the vehicle should remain seated and buckled, even while parked on the side of the road.

•  Stay focused on the road while the vehicle is in motion.

•  Constantly scan the area for bicyclists, pedestrians and young children who may not be watching for you.

For more tips, see the story in the Dec. 22 issue of the Cottonwood County Citizen.

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