Traveling Safely: It’s not me, it’s you

With the rush to see family and friends, it's sometimes easy to forget about the other drivers on the road

RAPID CITY, S.D. – As millions of Americans hit the road this holiday season, we would like to remind our viewers to take it easy out there.

About 50 million people are expected to travel between Wednesday, Nov. 21 and Sunday, Nov. 25 nationwide.

Given the increased number of cars on the roads, accidents are generally expected to increase.

The South Dakota Highway Patrol says it pays to be even more cautious this time of year, and it may have nothing to do with how good of a driver you are. Trooper Tyrel Minor says there are unforeseen dangers of thinking you’re safe because you’re a safe driver.

“It’s not just because of the way you drive; it’s because of the other people on the road there,” Minor explained. “Some people, yeah, you’ve never been in a crash before, you’ve never had a ticket, you’ve never been in trouble before, you’re a great driver. But that doesn’t stop the other person on the roadway from colliding with you, and that’s where your seat belt is extremely important.”

With winter weather possible this weekend, we ask everyone to stay safe not only traveling to your destination but also coming back.

Categories: Local News, Traffic & Accidents