Regardless of whom they're planning to vote for, 65% of likely voters are expected to drive to a polling place on Election Day. This is according to the most recent Hankook Tire Gauge Index.

This survey revealed some interesting facts about American voters and potential road hazards that might get in the way on Election Day. Hankook has also provided some good tips on how drivers can safely get to their precincts.

Election Day Traffic and Driving Hazards

Election Day Voters

As a whole, about 65% of likely voters will be driving to cast their votes. However, this number is split by geography. 87% of Southern survey respondents are planning to hit the road on Election Day. But in the western part of U.S., only 41% of voters said that they will be driving out to a polling place. Overall, 20% of those surveyed said that they will be casting mail-in ballots.

If you are one of those likely voters who will be driving to vote on Election Day, you may be taking an unfamiliar route. Your polling site may not be in a place that you regularly visit, so you'll need to make sure that you know where you're going.

Also, it wouldn't be a bad idea to get a feel for what the roads are like around your precinct. You definitely don't want to run into any nasty surprises while you're rushing to go vote. For example, drivers who participated in the latest Gauge chose potholes as the number one road hazard. So if you'll be driving on unfamiliar roads on Election Day, make sure to watch out for potholes. Hitting one could mean losing a tire or worse. And that's no way to celebrate your right to vote.

38% named potholes as the worst road hazard, and animals on the road came in a close second with 28% of the vote. Keep in mind that we're still in the fall season. So, in many parts of the country, deer will still be out and about. If you're going to vote in a rural area, watch out for these furry obstacles. Deer can do a lot of damage to vehicles that hit them.

Election Day Driving Safety Tips

In addition to watching out for potholes and animals, there are other things you can do to ensure a safe autumn commute. And while these are good tips for Election Day travel, they'll also be helpful during the rest of the fall season.

  • Watch out for wet leaves. Fallen leaves are everywhere during this time of the year. If these leaves get wet, they can be as slippery as ice. So drive cautiously through leaves and pay attention to lane lines that might be hidden underneath.
  • Be prepared to drive in the dark. The days are shorter now, so it gets dark sooner. Take this into consideration and make sure that your headlights are working properly. You should also be a little more careful while driving at dusk or later. Even familiar roads can be dangerous in the dark.
  • Check your tire pressure. Your tires can lose pressure as the temperature drops. So now is a good time to make sure that all four of yours are properly inflated. You should also check the tread on your tires. An easy way to do this is to take a penny (with Lincoln's head upside down) and insert it into the tread of a tire. If the top of Lincoln's head is visible, the tire should be replaced.

Drive safely on Election Day. Get ready for extra traffic and be prepared for any road hazards that you might run into. Having the opportunity to exercise your right to vote is well worth the effort it will take to get out to the polls.

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