It almost seems impossible, but try to imagine traveling 2.8 million miles without a major auto accident and doing it all in the same vehicle. That is exactly what Irv Gordon has done and continues to do. This Long Islander holds the record for the most miles traveled in the same car. His 1966 P1800 Volvo is still going strong so Irv’s goal is to reach 3 million miles by 2013.
Not only is the number of cars on the roadway a danger during the holidays but so is the number of miles traveled. New York City injury attorneys understand the increased risk of New York car accidents travelers face this time of year when travel is at a peak in and around the city.
Spoken like a true expert who knows what he is talking about, here are Irv’s tips for a safe holiday trip:
-Vehicle maintenance is very important; check all fluids, tires, bulbs and brakes. If you know nothing about cars then before your trip have a mechanic give the vehicle a tune up.
-Regardless of the weather conditions prepare for the worst. Pack extra clothes and blankets, bring water and snacks, make sure you have a shovel, ice scraper, flashlight or emergency kit.
-Take breaks; if you are traveling alone stop every 90 minutes to stretch and have a snack. Rotate drivers every couple hours if you are driving with someone of legal driving age.
-If it needs a battery it goes in the trunk. MP3 players and cell phones are distractions and shouldn’t be used while driving.
-Irv’s final advice is to be courteous, don’t tailgate, stay to the right and stay calm.
Nationally last year the Fatality Analysis Reporting System from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported a total of 1,719 fatalities: 640 on Christmas Day, 75 on New Year’s Eve and 1,004 New Year’s Day. The state of New York accounted for a total of 53 traffic fatalities in 2009, of which occurred on Christmas Day (22) and New Year’s Day (31) only.
Do you part this holiday season and take some of Irv’s advice in hopes of reducing the risk to you and your loved ones.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a traffic accident in the New York City area, contact the Law Offices of Nicholas Rose for a free consultation. Call us at 877-313-ROSE(7673). Serving Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester and Rockland counties.