Safe Driving Tips During the Holidays
Christmas is right around the corner and we’re sure a few of you are gearing up for some holiday vacations. While there are many things on your mind this time of year, driving safety should be one of them if you plan on hitting the roads during the holiday. There’s more to consider when increased traffic and winter weather is involved. To avoid any added stress of traveling during the holidays, follow these steps:
Check the weather
Prior to getting on the road, check the weather on the days leading up. If you’re driving someplace cold you’ll want to make sure you’re prepared for driving in the snow. Increase your regular following distance – rather than three to four seconds, make it eight to ten. Avoid skids by applying the gas slowly to accelerate. Being aware of weather conditions will also help you better decide what time to leave to avoid driving during the brunt of bad weather.
Make sure the car is equipped for winter weather
Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained the week prior. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car and tires inspected before you take a long drive. You’ll also want to make sure you have any supplies that might help if you’re driving through snow.
- Ice scraper & snow brush
- Emergency flares
- Rock salt or sand to help tires gain traction if stuck in snow
- Jumper cables
Map the route
Map your route in advance and be prepared for busy roads during popular times of the year. You may even want to consider leaving earlier or later to avoid heavy traffic. Having a better idea of where you’ll be heading and the route you’ll be taking will allow you to focus on the road and safe driving.
Prepare the night before
There’s nothing worse than starting a trip out on a stressful note. Pack the car the night before and have everything ready for the morning.
Tip: If you’re driving in especially cold weather, wear gloves in the car. Allowing your hands to stay warm will prevent them from clamping up and having a slower response rate if you need to swerve out of the way or make a quick turn.
Winter car preparation is crucial for staying safe in cold weather conditions on the road. Being prepared will make things easier if you get into a crash, break down, or get stuck in the snow this winter. If you or someone you know has been involved in a collision and are seeking help, call 1-800-411-PAIN and get the help you need! We will refer you to the attorneys that will fight to get you the compensation you deserve and the medical attention you need. If you have been hurt in an accident, call 1-800-411-PAIN, and we will guide you in finding you the best medical and legal professionals.