With more drivers on the road during the holiday season compared to other days of the year, it’s important for all motorists to know how to keep themselves and others safe. When you’re planning your cross-country road trips or heading home for the holidays, keep these tips in mind.
Check Your Vehicle for Maintenance Issues Before Your Trip
Before you hit the road, make sure your vehicle is in good working order. This means checking the oil level and tire pressure, as well as filling up the gas tank. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency kit in your car, including a first-aid kit, flares, and jumper cables.
Give Yourself Extra Time to Reach Your Destination
Whether you’re driving in bad weather or dealing with holiday traffic, it’s important to give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. This way, you won’t be tempted to speed or take other risks behind the wheel.
Plan Your Route Ahead of Time
If you’re driving to an unfamiliar place, take some time to map out your route before you get behind the wheel. This will help you avoid getting lost and reduce your stress level while you’re driving.
Obey Posted Signs and Traffic Laws
When you’re on the road, be sure to obey all posted speed limits and traffic laws. This is especially important in areas that you’re not familiar with. If traveling in a state you don't live in, it may be a good idea to brush up on its driving laws, since they may be different than what you're used to.
Avoid Driving Under the Influence
Finally, (and obviously), never drink and drive. If you’re going to be drinking alcohol, make arrangements for a designated driver or take public transportation. These kinds of accidents tend to increase during the holidays, so play your part in DUI prevention.
Following these tips can help you arrive at your destination safely. Remember, the best way to keep yourself and others safe on the road is to drive defensively and be prepared for anything.
Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers wishes you and your loved ones a safe and happy holiday season! If you need legal assistance following a car accident, call (888) 492-5532 to schedule a free consultation.