Time for Holiday Travel: Here Are 6 Ways to Stay Safe on the Road
Holidays are often synonymous with travel. And nothing puts a damper on your good, old-fashioned family fun like an accident.
There are a few things you can do to make sure you don’t find yourself in this unfortunate situation when you’re on the road during this year’s holidays. The weather can be questionable, drivers are often distracted by the busyness of the season, and the limited amount of daylight doesn’t help, either.
Here’s what you need to know about driving safely.
1. Plan ahead
Before you drive over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, you have to make sure your vehicle is up for the trip. Have your mechanic give your car the once-over before you head out. It’s also a good idea to check the weather report for your intended destination to make sure you’re not driving into a bad situation.
2. Get your rest
Before beginning any road trip, you must be awake and alert. Share the driving on long trips and take lots of breaks.
3. Watch your speed
When you give yourself plenty of time to get to where you’re going, you’re less likely to feel under the gun and speed. And a costly ticket isn’t the only reason to obey the speed limit. Your safety and the safety of others on the road is at stake, too.
4. Be a defensive driver
The extra traffic on the road can be frustrating. But it means you need to be extra vigilant to avoid anger that leads to aggressive driving. Put everyone’s safety first and drive defensively. For example, at intersections, pause and let other drivers go through so that you can stay in control of the situation.
5. Drive sober
It’s a no-brainer, but it’s dangerous to drive when you’re under the influence of alcohol or any other drug. Of course, this is an important rule for every time you’re driving – not just the holidays.
6. Don’t drive distracted
Texting is just one of the ways your attention is taken away from what’s happening on the road. You should also avoid talking on the phone, turning up your favorite tune, or reaching for the snack that’s in the backseat. Keep your full attention on the road at all times.
Have a safe, happy holiday season
Follow these guidelines and you won’t have to worry about anything except getting to Grandma’s in time for her apple pie.