Protecting Yourself Over Holiday Road Trips
With the holidays right around the corner, many of us have plans to visit with family and friends. For some, this involves a short trip across town. For others, it means traveling long distances and over multiple states. It is important to be aware that increases in holiday traffic mean an increased risk for car accidents and injuries. The following provides tips to help you reach your destination safely, as well as warnings regarding dangerous driving behaviors to avoid.
Holiday Driving Safety Tips
Over the holiday season, your schedule may be full of parties, seasonal events, and family gatherings, but it is important to not let this rush you or distract you from the driving task at hand. You can avoid getting stressed out in traffic by giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and taking care to avoid reckless driving behaviors such as speeding, tailgating, and talking on cellphones or texting while behind the wheel.
Preparation plays a major role in making sure you reach your holiday destination safely. Before heading out on a long trip, follow these tips from the American Automobile Association (AAA):
- Schedule a vehicle maintenance check up before you go. Make sure your tires, brakes, and car battery are in good condition, check engine fluid levels, and make sure all head, tail, and brake lights are working.
- Map out your driving route in advance. Check with the Department of Transportation in whatever state you are driving to for road work warnings, and have an alternate driving route ready just in case of traffic tie ups.
- Keep your vehicle equipped with emergency supplies. This includes a fully charged cellphone and car charger, snacks and bottled water, a blanket or two, and a supply of basic tools.
- Check weather conditions before you head out. Make sure you have plenty of wiper fluid and if you are headed out of Florida and into wintry conditions, take along items you may need. These include an ice scraper and a bag of kitty litter, which can provide traction in the event you get stuck.
Be Aware Of Common Holiday Road Dangers
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducts extensive public safety campaigns each year to warn holiday drivers about potential dangers that could put them at risk on the roads. The 2017 campaign addresses three major concerns:
- Drunk driving: Be aware that even one or two drinks can impact your driving abilities.
- Drugged driving: If you are taking certain types of medications, you could be at risk.
- Seat belts: Be ensuring you and your passengers wear a seatbelt at all time, you could cut your car accident injury risks by half.
In the event you or a loved one is involved in an accident, reach out and contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III. Our Fort Pierce car accident attorney provides the professional legal representation you need to get compensation for your injuries. Call or contact us online and request a free consultation today.