Holiday Travel Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe on the Roads (Pt. 2)

December 10, 2014

Continuing where Holiday Travel Safety Tips: How to Stay Safe on the Roads (Pt. 1) left off, below are some more simple things you can do to stay safe as you travel on the roadways this holiday season.

Holiday Travel Safety Tips: What to Do While You Drive

  • Staying alert and sober when driving are two essential holiday travel safety tips that can save lives. Contact us for help with your financial recovery if you’ve been hurt in a traffic accident.

    Staying alert and sober when driving are two essential holiday travel safety tips that can save lives. Contact us for help with your financial recovery if you’ve been hurt in a traffic accident.

    Buckle up – Every time you get in a car, make sure to buckle your seatbelt. Also, be sure that any small children are properly restrained. Buckling your seatbelt every time you get in vehicles is a habit that can save your life if you are in a motor vehicle accident, and it’s a wonderful habit to instill in your children.

  • Go slower – The cold and wet conditions of winter can lead to icy roadways, particularly if you are driving to colder regions of the U.S. as part of your holiday travel plans. Because your vehicle will typically have less traction on icy roads (and because driving on icy roads can be tricky, especially for less experienced motorists), be sure to take it slowly.

    In fact, AAA recommends that drivers go between 5 and 10 mph slower than the posted speed limit when icy, snowy or unfavorable winter conditions may impact the roadways (and visibility for drivers).

    While you may have to add some extra time to your traveling plans, driving slower can minimize your chances of hydroplaning, losing control of your vehicle and getting into a serious motor vehicle accident.

  • Focus and drive sober – Staying alert and only driving when you are sober are important always, but they are of the utmost importance when going on longer holiday road trips. So, make sure that you avoid all distractions when driving and that you only drive when you haven’t been drinking (or using drugs). It could save your life.
  • Comply with standard traffic laws – This essentially means that you shouldn’t speed, run red lights, cut off other drivers or do anything else that would violate standard traffic laws. Complying with traffic laws can further help you reduce your chances of getting into motor vehicle accidents during your holiday travels.

For some final holiday travel safety tips, be sure to check out the conclusion to this blog series that will be published soon!

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