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Holiday safety includes vehicle inspection before travel

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By MAJ. GEN. PEGGY COMBS

Fort Knox Commander

The holiday season is upon us, and I hope everyone has plans to enjoy much deserved time off with family and friends. Whether you are staying here in the greater Fort Knox area or traveling, please keep safety at the forefront to ensure this special time of year will be memorable for all the right reasons.

Severe weather conditions and increased traffic congestion are typical over the holidays, increasing the chances of a vehicular accident. To help avoid this risk, stay up to date on weather and roadway conditions and minimize driving when the roads are hazardous. Also, please take the time to have your vehicle inspected. The Automotive Skills and Service Center on post is offering discounts right now to military personnel. Their staff will inspect your vehicle’s exhaust, tires, seatbelts, windshield wiper blades, hoses, fluid levels, battery, mirrors, lights, belts, suspension and brake system. Make this a part of your annual winter weather battle rhythm to decrease your chances of an accident or vehicle break down while on the road. It is also a good idea to keep a winter safety kit in your vehicle as an added safety measure.

The Fort Knox Community Health Promotion Council’s recently released Community Strengths and Themes Assessment found that our community believes the three most risky behaviors we should target for prevention are distracted driving, drug abuse, and alcohol use. Together, we can focus on these target areas and all be part of the solution. During the holiday season, these negative actions have the potential to intensify, especially on New Year’s Eve. Please drink responsibly, and have a designated driver or call a taxi or friend for a ride if needed. Exercising good judgment and concern for the safety of others will help keep you and your loved ones safe.

It has been a wonderful year at Fort Knox. Thank you for everything you do for our nation’s Soldiers, their Families, and our Army civilians. Please be safe this holiday season so we can all return refreshed and ready for a great 2015!

From my family to yours, have a happy and blessed holiday season!

This We’ll Defend!

Army Strong!