Driving Home From College

collegedrivehomeCollege semesters are coming to an end soon, and students will be making the drive home for their winter breaks. Whether it is a short drive home or a longer one, it is important to stay focused on the road to avoid a car accident. In order to arrive back home safely there are several things to keep in mind before and during the drive.

College can be overwhelming and a bit stressful especially at the end of a semester with final exams and projects. Many students put off sleep to finish assignments and study. Before starting the drive home, however, it is important to get a good night’s rest. Drowsy Driving was the cause of about 72,000 car accidents and 44,000 injuries in 2013 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

• Get plenty of sleep to ensure alertness.
• Carpool with friends who live nearby and take turns driving.
• Find a place to take a short nap break if necessary.

Driving home at the end of a semester brings on many distractions. Students are left wondering how they did on their final exams. They are thinking about getting home and what they are going to do over their break. Distractions also come in the form of cell phone use, texting, and adjusting the radio.  In 2013, the NHTSA found that 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 people were injured in car accidents that involved distracted driving. Drivers under the age of 20 are the largest population of distracted drivers.

• Don’t use your cell phone, especially for texting.
• Keep the radio down and avoid adjusting it if possible.
• Focus your full attention on the road.

Driving home from college for a much needed break is a cheerful time for students as well as the parents awaiting their arrival. Each group is excited to see the other, so it is important that the students arrive at their destination safely. Here are a few other tips to keep students safe on their drive home:

• Always wear a seat belt
• Avoid speeding
• Follow the rules of the road

Keep all of these tips in mind while driving home from college to avoid a car accident and arrive home safely.

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