NORFOLK, Va. (NNS) -- With the approach of winter and the holiday season, the Naval Safety Center is reminding Sailors of the hazards they can face while driving.
"The sad thing is we have a very high number of fatalities in the Navy in motor vehicles," said Bonnie Revell, the traffic safety specialist at the Naval Safety Center. "That's our number one killer."
Between the Thanksgiving and New Years holidays last year, 10 Sailors died on the roads in their off time.
In order to stay safe on the road, the Safety Center advises that Sailors do a number of things to prepare for driving.
"Sailors need to plan their trips," said Revell. "They need to be aware of the weather, carry emergency kits, blankets, some extra sand in the vehicle (to weigh down the rear) and the most important thing is, slow down for the circumstances that you'll be driving in."
Winter driving safety doesn't apply to just traveling, it's something Sailors may need to prepare for every day.
"For everyday driving check out the situations. If they're saying the roads are hazardous, give yourself plenty of time to get to and from your destination," said Revell. "You've got to be aware of your surroundings and leave plenty of room in case there is a mishap. Remember that everybody doesn't have the same skills you do."
As Sailors begin to make travel plans, the Naval Safety Center wants to stress the importance of being rested.
"When you get in the vehicle, make sure you've got eight hours of rest. Don't try to make a 10-hour trip after you've worked an eight-hour day," said Revell. "Get to where you're going safely because we need you to come back."
For more information about winter traffic safety and other safety questions, visit www.safetycenter.navy.mil.
For more news from around the fleet, visit www.navy.mil.