Tips For Safe Holiday Travel

31914456_sWhile the tone of this time of year is festive, happy, and celebratory, there are many circumstances that come together to cause an increase in tragic motor vehicle accidents.

First, there is the unpredictable and hazardous weather that is common for this season. Whether it is rain, snow, ice, or high winds that cause debris on the road the weather conditions during these months creates very dangerous road conditions.

In addition to the weather, there is normally a much higher volume of traffic on the road this time of year. Families have a full social calendar during the holidays and have various parties and performances to attend.

Not to mention the shopping traffic this is on the road this time of year. People are all out trying to get the best deal on their loved ones favorite gift.

The best way to avoid a collision during these busy and dangerous road conditions is to avoid being on the road at all. Obviously, that is not an option for many people. If you must be on the road, make sure that your car is properly maintained.

Here are some tips:

  • Check to make sure that the rubber on your windshield wipers is in good shape. If you are driving in the evening to attend a dinner party, you could run into some rain or sleet. Having good wiper blades will ensure that your visibility is a clear as possible.
  • If your car is due for an oil change, don’t put it off. The recommended time to allow between oil changes is 3,000 to 5,000 miles. Going too far past this could put your car at risk and will definitely have a negative impact on your gas mileage.
  • Always check the tire pressure of your tires. In the cold weather, the gas inside of your tires will contract, causing your tires to sit lower to the ground. If you don’t compensate, by adding a bit of air you could be running the risk of your car not handling properly.
  • Make sure that your headlights and brake lights are in good shape and are not burned out. It is essential that other drivers be able to see your car out on the road, especially in low visibility situations like snow, rain, or in the dark.

Keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season you are out on the road. Drive defensively, keep your mind on driving, avoid all distractions including cell phone and radio. Also, make sure that your car is as safe as possible by following these tips for maintenance.

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