Driving Safety Tips For The Holiday Season

“Weekends, between midnight and 3 a.m. are the most likely time for a person to be involved in a fatal crash.”

The holiday season can be a hectic and busy time. It is important to keep road safety in mind during this time of year as streets are busier than they would normally be and other drivers may be distracted with their own holiday errands. Here a few tips to keep you safe on the road during this holiday season:

Don’t drink and drive. The holidays bring out law enforcement in droves and they will be looking to remove inebriated drivers from the road. If you are attending a holiday party or planning to drink during the holiday season take a cab, bring a designated driver, use the bus, call a friend or stay the night. Enjoy the holidays without ending up in jail.

Don’t talk/text and drive. Just like law enforcement is looking to catch drunk drivers, they are also looking to catch distracted drivers. Texting and driving and talking on a cell phone without your hands free device is against the law. Pull over to talk or text and avoid a ticket during the holidays.

Slow down and plan ahead. It is easy to get caught up in holiday shopping or getting to your next holiday party. As a result, you might be tempted to speed which is dangerous for you and those on the road around you. Having a plan for the days leading up to the holidays will help keep you organized and should help you slow down while driving.

Keep your vehicle in working order. Having your car breakdown during the holiday season will put a damper on your plans and will likely result in unnecessary expenses during the holidays. Don’t forget to check fluid levels and make sure your tires are properly inflated. You also want to be current on your oil change before you hit the road this holiday season.

Talk to your teenage driver. For new and inexperienced drivers, holiday driving can be an intimidating time. Make sure your teen knows the rules of the road and their importance. You might want to develop a schedule for your teen driver to follow during the holiday season and let your teen know that following the rules and driving safely will result in greater driving privileges.

Be prepared for an emergency. If you get stranded in winter weather, an emergency kit is a must. Keep blankets, a shovel, salt, an ice scraper, a flashlight and flares in your vehicle in case you get stranded.

Protect yourself and your passengers. Wear your seatbelt at all times and make sure your passengers are wearing theirs. Police are watching for every infraction during the holiday season and operating a vehicle while not wearing a seatbelt is against the law.

Be aware of emergency vehicles. Make sure you know the rules of the road when emergency vehicles approach. Interfering with an emergency vehicle is against the law and will result in a ticket. When you hear a siren, be sure to pull over if it is safe to do so to allow the vehicle to pass.

Keep safe this holiday season and if you need a lawyer to help you fight a ticket or if you are injured and need an automobile accident attorney during the holiday season, call us. We can help.