Statistics show a distinct uptick in the number of accidents out on the road on holidays. Each year, the holiday season can be expected to involve as many as 28,000 auto accident injuries among American travelers.
Unfortunately, the holiday season often brings about the precarious combination of heavy traffic and adverse weather conditions out on the roads. Yet those who put some thought into traveling safely this holiday season can reduce their chances of having the holidays spoiled by a dangerous car accident.
The following are five useful safety tips for families who will be taking to the roads this December:
- Make a list and check it twice- If you're going on a long road trip, you should make sure your car is prepared. Make a list of checkup tasks to help you prepare your vehicle. You might want to have an oil change, get new tires, or have your fluid levels checked before you hit the road to prevent a breakdown.
- Slow down and savor the season- We all tend to get carried away with the holiday bustle, and this is especially a problem when it comes to driving. Don't be in such a hurry to get where you're going. Instead, put on some Christmas carols and enjoy the ride by carpooling with family and friends.
- Enjoy Christmas a little early- It's a good idea to head to your destination a little early to avoid the bulk of the holiday traffic on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. If you can leave a few days early, you'll not only have more time with family and friends. You'll also have a more enjoyable and safer car ride.
- Do you see what I see?- Driving safely through winter weather weather hazards is about remaining vigilant and being constantly on the lookout for approaching dangers. If it starts to snow or precipitate when you're driving, get rid of any distractions and focus all your attention on driving. This will help you look out for black ice and other hazards that aren't always easy to see.
- Lay off the eggnog- When we're having a great time surrounded by friends and family, it's easy to get caught up in the holiday merriment. However, you need to keep your driving responsibilities in mind even if you're the life of the party. Give yourself plenty of time to sober up if you need to drive home, or avoid drinking altogether when making short visits.