Holiday Driving Safety Tips That Could Save Your Life

The holiday season is nearing, and with it comes the busiest travel time of the year.  More vehicles on the road can increase the likelihood of problems, including accidents. Here are a few holiday driving safety tips to make your vacation trip safer, and more enjoyable.

  1. Make Sure Your Vehicle is Safe

Before heading out for your vacation, make sure that your vehicle is in good working order. Bring your car in for service, and inspection, and get your oil changed. If your vehicle is due for any scheduled maintenance, have it performed. Test all of your lights, including headlights, turn signals, and hazards. Also, fill the windshield washer fluid, and install new wiper blades. Check the tires, and add air if needed.

  1. Plan Your Driving Route Ahead of Time

It is best to plan the route you will take before you get on the road. Do not simply rely on automated driving instructions, which may sometimes prove to be incorrect. Check the weather forecast. and avoid any areas of potential hazards. Additionally, consider the length of your trip, and plan to begin at a time that allows you to be well-rested. If your trip is a long one, consider spending the night in a motel along the way, in order to get some sleep.

  1. Follow All Traffic Laws and Speed Limits

Although traffic may be heavy, it is essential to follow all the rules of the road, including the posted speed limit. Road rage incidents may increase during this time period because people are in a hurry, and may be impatient. Be extra cautious on the road, and drive defensively. Do not drive while distracted.

  1. Be Prepared for Possible Emergencies

Pack a vehicle safety kit for your trip. Be sure that you have jumper cables, a flashlight or flares, and fire extinguisher. If you are going to the mountains, or driving to a cold area, bring a shovel, deicer, and window scraper with you. Keep some extra food, water, and blankets in your trunk. Put a first-aid kit in your glove box. Bring your cell phone and charger so you can call for help if you need to.

No matter how prepared you are for a trip, an accident can happen. If you suffered a serious injury due to a vehicle accident, consult with the experienced legal team at Udall Shumway PLC to discuss your situation.

This blog should be used for informational purposes only. It does not create an attorney-client relationship with any reader and should not be construed as legal advice. If you or someone you know wishes to seek the help of an experienced personal injury attorney regarding Holiday Driving Safety Tips, or other personal injury matters, call 480.461.5300. Udall Shumway PLC is located in Mesa, Arizona and is a full service law firm. We assist Individuals, families, businesses, schools and municipalities in Mesa and the Phoenix/East Valley.