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Tips for Safe Driving During the Holiday Season

Planning on hitting the road to spend time with loved ones this holiday season? If so, then there are some safe-driving tips you’ll want to keep in mind as you prepare for your holiday celebrations. With these tips, you can reduce your chances of being involved in an accident and keep yourself and your family safer on-the-road.

Inspect Your Vehicle Before Your Trip

A few days before you’re scheduled to leave on your trip, take the time to carefully inspect your car. Check the tire pressure, brake pads, fluid levels, and headlights/turn signals to make sure everything’s in working order. If not, you should have time to have any necessary repairs done before you leave.

Keep an Eye on Weather Forecasts

In the days leading up to your travels, keep a close eye on the weather forecast for your planned travel route. Allow some buffer time in your travel plans so you can delay your trip if there’s inclement weather (such as a heavy snow or ice storm), or leave early to avoid it altogether.

Increase Following Distance in Bad Weather

If you find yourself stuck in inclement weather while you’re driving, exercise safe-driving tips such as increasing your following distance and reducing your speed. In slick or icy road conditions, you’ll need more time and distance to bring your car to a safe stop, so allow for three to five car lengths between you and the vehicle in front of you to be safe.

Stock an Emergency Kit in Your Vehicle

You never know when a flat tire or other vehicle problem could occur, so make sure you have your car stocked with an emergency kit before you leave for your holiday travels. A well-stocked kit should have flares and cones to alert other drivers to your vehicle’s presence, as well as some basic repair tools (such as a tire iron and wrench set). You may also want to pack a few blankets and some snack bars/water to keep you warm and satiated in the event that you become stranded for a period of time.

Keep Your Cool

More than likely, you will run into traffic jams and congestion on the road. After all, the holiday season is the busiest travel time of the year. Still, it’s important that you remain calm behind the wheel and never let your emotions get the best of you. Cutting off other drivers or driving dangerously could put yourself and others at serious risk. Not to mention, road rage situations can escalate quickly and become very dangerous. Try not to get frustrated, and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.

Always Have a Designated Driver

Last but not least, if you plan on driving to any holiday parties where there will be drinking involved, make sure you have a safe way back to your destination. This could mean selecting a designated driver who will not partake in drinking activities, or even taking a cab or finding another safe ride back.

By following these safe-driving tips as you prepare to travel and see loved ones this holiday season, you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe. And of course, in the event that you are involved in an accident, don’t hesitate to contact the professionals at Becker, Lavin, & Wessler.

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