There’s countless reasons you may be hitting the road this holiday season, from going home from college to visiting relatives out of state to just cruising down the road to visit a friend. Regardless, it’s important that you are contentious and make sure you aren’t being reckless.
With more people on the road traveling, the likelihood of being in an accident is even higher. Add inclement weather into the mix and if you’re not being careful, your holidays could be ruined.
Here are some helpful safety tips for you as you take to the road this month.
Maintain your vehicle: One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to prevent an accident is to do routine maintenance on your vehicle. While it isn’t the most fun way to spend your money and can cost you a little bit in the short term, this can drastically keep you safer on the roads.
Pack a winter safety kit: If you’re heading out for a long trip, it’s best to pack for the worst case scenario. Carry an ice scraper, jumper cables, flashlight, first aid kit, blankets and some extra food and water. Hopefully you’ll never need these things, but if you do, it can be a lifesaver.
Drive smart: On the roads this holiday season? Always wear a seat belt, don’t drive if you need sleep (drowsy driving), have your children properly secured in the car, and avoid the urge to tailgate with annoying drivers. If you have a cell phone, keep it stored in a safe place and don’t use it while behind the wheel. Always obey the speed limit and leave yourself plenty of time so you’re not in a hurry.
Plan for a designated driver: If you’re attending a holiday party and plan on drinking, have a plan in place. Never drink and drive or let someone who’s been drinking drive you. If you have a loved one that’s been killed in a drunk driving accident, consult with an experienced wrongful death lawyer to find out about filing a claim against the at-fault party.