June 17, 2024
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Drive safely while viewing holiday lights

Enjoying holiday lights from your car is a great way to get into the holiday spirit while maintaining social distance. Although there have been many changes in the way Christmas will be celebrated this year, enjoying Christmas lights remains a COVID safe tradition for families to enjoy. Many homes in Crockett County have beautifully decorated yards with light displays for a scenic holiday drive through the county.

An interactive map directing users to light displays in the 731 area code can be found in the 731 Gems Facebook group. Users may submit addresses with light displays to help build the light database for other users to enjoy. Once clicking on the Google pinned map, users may click the “731 Holiday Lights” link at the bottom of the map for a full list of updated addresses.

Additionally, the popular Markowski Christmas Lights at 1675 Coburn Road in Brownsville and Shadracks Christmas Wonderland at the Jackson Generals Ballpark at 4 Fun Place in Jackson will continue to display their annual light shows for families to enjoy.

Whether you are heading to one of these community displays or checking out decorations in your neighborhood, it’s important to stay safe on the road by avoiding risks behind the wheel.

“Drive-thru events and activities have been a go-to for family fun throughout 2020,” said Megan Cooper, spokeswoman for AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Personal vehicles can help you safely share in the joys of the season, but combining driving with other activities could land you on the naughty list.”

AAA recommends following these tips to stay safe while viewing light displays:

Everyone in the vehicle should remain seated and buckled, even while parked on the side of the road.

Pull over if you need to program your navigation system, check a map, take pictures, or do anything that will take your attention off the task of driving. You can also delegate those tasks to a passenger.

Do not come to a complete stop in a traffic lane. If you encounter someone who has stopped, only pass if it is safe and legal to do so.

If you visit a drive-thru event and are asked to turn off your headlights, remember to turn them back on when you exit.

Bring appropriate winter gear in the event of a roadside emergency. You can get more tips on creating a winter driving kit for your vehicle here.

As always, check weather and roadway conditions before you go out. While falling snow may enhance the holiday atmosphere, it also creates additional safety hazards, especially at night. Follow these tips for staying safe on wintry roads.

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