Christmas is only nine days away, which means that many people are getting ready to travel to visit friends and family. This means that there will be heavy traffic on the roads, and where there is an increase in traffic, there is also an increased risk for traffic accidents. While no one can completely prevent an accident, there are a number of things you can proactively do to minimize your risk.
Stay safe this holiday travel season with these safe driving tips:
- Drive conscientiously in unfamiliar territory. People who will be visiting family and friends may find themselves driving on roads that they aren’t familiar with. Getting lost can be a stressful situation that may make it difficult for you to drive as conscientiously as you normally would. Remember to reduce your speed on unfamiliar roadways so that you have more time to identify and respond to your surroundings. Also, avoid sudden changes in direction – if you miss an exit, stay calm and don’t attempt an illegal or unsafe maneuver. Finally, remember to always signal your intentions.
- Maintain your vehicle. Before you set out on your trip, it is important to ensure that your vehicle is in good working order and that it is ready to take on winter weather. Perform a check of your vehicle’s tires, headlights, windshield wipers and wiper fluid, brakes, antifreeze, engine, and steering system. Vehicle maintenance issues are a big cause of accidents, and maintenance becomes particularly important in winter weather.
- Designate a driver. Drunk driving accidents tend to spike during the holidays. If your holiday plans are going to include alcohol, it is important that you make alternate transportation arrangements. Don’t become a statistic – never get behind the wheel if you have been drinking!
- Avoid fatigue. Driving while drowsy is a serious danger that puts everyone on the road in danger. If you have a long drive ahead of you, make sure that you get plenty of sleep the night before and that you stop and take rest breaks every two hours in order to stretch your legs and get some fresh air. Also, avoid driving more than eight to ten hours in one day – if you don’t reach your destination in one day, consider stopping somewhere for the night.
The holidays are an exciting and fun time, which is why preventable car accidents are particularly tragic during this time of the year. By following these tips, you can greatly reduce your chances of being involved in an accident. From our family to yours, we wish you a happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year!
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