Unfortunately, this added volume of traffic mixed with the hazardous winter weather equals more traffic accidents each holiday season.
The best way that you can your family can avoid a traffic accident during holiday travel, is to be safe. Make sure to follow these tips for safely getting from your home to your loved ones:
- Plan ahead. The days during this time of year are much shorter, meaning that the chances of traveling in the dark are higher. Whenever you can avoid it, it is best to not travel at night and to concentrate your driving to the daylight hours. However, this is not always feasible, so the alternative is simply to be prepared to be traveling in the dark. Make sure that you know where you are going and you don’t have to refer to a map constantly. Make sure that your headlights and taillights are all working properly. And, make sure that your windshield wipers are new and have good tread on them in the event of traveling in the dark in inclement weather.
- Be prepared. The winter weather is very hard on your vehicle, and especially the battery and tires. In the cold weather it is not unusual for a car battery to seize up and refuse to charge the car. Make sure that you have jumper cables in the trunk of your car. The air pressure in your tires will reduce per degree of reduction in temperature. Make sure to check the air pressure in your tires before you hit the road to ensure the levels are safe. If you don’t already have it, add roadside assistance to your car insurance policy.
- Never drive under the influence. The holidays are a time when many people attend various functions and dinner parties – often accompanied by alcohol. Make sure that if you do choose to imbibe, you have a designated driver. Otherwise, avoid the holiday-nog all-together.
Keep yourself and your family safe while traveling this holiday season by following these safety tips. Stay aware and drive defensively. There will be more people on the road at this time than usual, and not all of them will have read these tips.