Staying Safe on the Roads for the Holidays
Holiday events and celebrations can be exciting times for family and friends to spend some time together. These events can, unfortunately, turn into tragedies when people are injured or killed in traffic crashes. As we are right in the middle of the holiday season, motorists need to be mindful and careful to make their holiday travel safer. Drivers can protect themselves and their passengers by following some holiday travel rules.
- Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good shape (good tires) for travel. This is especially important for our cold weather friends who drive in snowy and icy conditions.
- Restrain yourself and your passengers properly in seat belts and car safety seats. Remember, the rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride.
- Be flexible in setting your travel plans. Leave early if you can to avoid the peak traffic hours. If snow is predicted during the time you plan to travel, change your schedule. It is better to reschedule your get-together than to risk the lives of traveling family or friends.
- Stay fresh and alert when driving. Take plenty of breaks and do not push yourself to meet an unrealistic schedule. If you get tired, pull off the road into a rest area or business, get out of the car for some fresh air, buy something to refresh you, or just relax until you feel revived. If that doesnt work, find a motel or campground where you can spend the night – 41% of fatal traffic accidents are single vehicle crashes. These crashes most often occur during the late night/early morning hours and the late afternoon hours to drivers who are tired, have consumed alcohol, or both.
- Keep your speed down. Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to the traffic around you. Let impatient and aggressive drivers pass you or go through the intersection ahead of you so that you control the situation.
- Do not pass if you cannot see enough clear road to pass safely.
- If there will be drinking at your holiday get-together, choose a designated driver who will remain alcohol free.
- Because driving requires your full attention, pull off the road if you have to use your cellular phone.
Some good apps we found to add to your cell phones so that you cannot drive and use your cell phone.
If you or anyone you know has been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another, please reach out to us. You are more than welcome to schedule a free consultation with us, and if you can’t make it to us, we will come to you. For more information, please contact us at 561-266-9191 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.