With the price of gas down and the cost of airline tickets up, expect the roads to be busier than ever this holiday season. Many drivers will hit the road in the next few weeks to spend Christmas and New Years with their loved ones. The odds of getting into a traffic accident increase during periods when there are more cars on the road, especially when combined with winter weather. The increased traffic on the roads means drivers need to be more vigilant that ever. We’ve got a few tips to keep you safe on your holiday travels this season:
- Maintain your vehicle. Check your tires, brakes, windshield wipers and oil before your holiday travels. Inclement weather and increased traffic means the mechanics of your vehicle must be in tip top shape.
- Keep your distance. Keep at least three car lengths between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you. This will ensure you have plenty of room for unexpected stops.
- Cut down on distractions. Consider leaving your cell phone on vibrate and avoid texting especially when the roads will be packed with other holiday travelers. Let your passengers make any phone calls or wait for a rest stop. Keep your eyes on the road and be mindful when you’re behind the wheel.
- Slow down! Allow plenty of time to get to your destination.
- Don’t drink and drive. If your holiday plans involve a few tips of the bottle, make sure you have a designated driver or take an Uber. More parties during the holiday season unfortunately oftentimes leads to more impaired drivers on the roadways. It’s important to also be on the lookout for dangerous drunk drivers during the season too. If you spot an impaired driver, call local law enforcement.
Even the most careful drivers will be involved in accidents this holiday season. If you and your family are injured in a car accident, contact our attorneys for an immediate consultation at 419.842.1166.