Busiest Travel Day
ATHENS, Ga., Nov. 23, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- The 11th annual
observance of Drive Safer Sunday on November 29, 2015 reminds Americans
taking holiday road trips to focus on being rested and attentive to dangers
inside and outside their cars, says non-profit Road Safe America.
Drive Safer Sunday falls on what is traditionally the busiest highway
travel day of the year - the Sunday following Thanksgiving. It has been
recognized, again this year, prompted by an official Resolution from the
The observance is sponsored by Road Safe America, a non-profit dedicated to
reducing collisions between tractor-trailers and passenger vehicles. Steve
Owings and his wife, Susan, founded Road Safe America in 2003 after their
son, Cullum, was killed when his car - stopped in an interstate traffic jam
- was crushed from behind by a speeding tractor trailer going eight miles
per hour above the posted speed limit on cruise control. That crash
occurred on the Sunday after Thanksgiving as Cullum returned to college
after spending the week at home in Atlanta with his family and friends.
"The Sunday after Thanksgiving will always be a painful one for our
family," Steve Owings said. "But we hope that by raising awareness of the
dangers of holiday travel, other lives will be spared and other families
will not have to deal with needless, tragic loss."
U.S. Department of Transportation statistics show that, among the 40,000
average highway deaths each year during the past decade, over 500 are
truckers and about 4,000 are auto drivers and passengers involved in
collisions with big trucks.
RSA reminds everyone traveling during Thanksgiving - and the Christmas and
New Year's holidays to come - to:
- Get plenty of rest before setting out and take frequent breaks to remain
- Consider driving during off-peak travel hours to minimize congestion.
- Avoid unnecessary distractions behind the wheel - including loud sound
systems and the use of any hand-held devices. Remember that in many states,
a hand-held phone - and particularly texting behind the wheel - has become
- Give large trucks plenty of room since they can't see as well, maneuver
as quickly, or stop in the same distance as passenger vehicles can.