Whether you’re traveling to see extended family or enjoying a nice vacation, the holidays are the busiest time for travel. The increased amount of travelers also increases the amount of accidents. Preparation can keep you and your family safe over the holidays.
Important Tips for Safe Holiday Driving
A few precautions can be taken to decrease your family’s travel related risks. An accident is the last thing you want to experience while on your vacation.
Have your vehicle inspected thoroughly before you leave on your trip. This is particularly important if you intend to travel for long distances. Make any necessary repairs prior to your vacation. Consider replacing tires with worn out treads, or using snow tires when conditions might be less than ideal.
Gather the phone number and any additional information about an applicable roadside assistance service before leaving. Ensure that cell phones are charged in case of an emergency. Consider packing a battery pack in case your phone runs low on battery. Keep extra blankets and water in the back of your car.
Go to bed early the night before you leave. Drowsy driving contributes to many accidents. Make sure you take an appropriate amount of rests during long drives. Pull into a safe rest stop if you become drowsy, or take turns driving.
Use defensive driving techniques during your travels. Watch for other vehicles and avoid situations that might result in accidents. Intoxicated driving incidents also increase over the holidays, so keep an eye out for signs that other drivers may be intoxicated.
Ensure the safety of your family during this holiday season and take precautions to make travel as risk-free as possible. Obey all speed limits; getting to your destination slightly later is better than not arriving at all. Enjoy your holiday season and stay safe!
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