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Driving Tips for the Holidays

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With the holidays right around the corner, you can expect increased traffic as shoppers begin flooding stores in search of groceries, gifts, and all the gear needed to make this time of year special. Add to that the overall increase in the number of travelers on the road and it is easy to see why car accidents and injuries become more common over this time of year. Being aware of the potential dangers and taking the necessary precautions can help keep this holiday season safe for both you and your loved ones.

Holiday Travel Tips

According to Autotrader, close to 50 million people will hit the road over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, with millions more making trips over Christmas and New Years. Travel at this time of year requires extra patience, and a few preparations can help prevent potential mishaps:

  • Have your car serviced in advance of your trip. Do simple maintenance checks on tires, brakes, battery, and fluid levels, and make sure your car’s head and taillights, brake lights, and turn signals are all clean and in good working condition.
  • Plan your trip in advance. Map out your primary route, as well as an alternative in the event traffic tie ups occur. Be aware of rain, snow, or other adverse weather that could impact you during the course of your trip. Make sure a friend or family member is aware of your itinerary, and what time you expect to reach your destination.
  • Keep emergency supplies handy. Keep jumper cables, a few tools, and items such as a flashlight and traffic flares in your trunk. Make sure your spare tire is in good condition, and pack some bottled water, a few snacks, and a blanket or two just in case you get stuck. Have your cell phone fully charged before you go, and keep an extra charger in your glove box.

Beware of Driving Dangers over the Holidays

Even if you intend to stay local, it is important to be aware of the increased driving risks the holidays present. Beginning in late November and lasting clear through until early next year, people will be rushing around after work buying gifts and making preparations, in addition to attending holiday parties and get togethers. Smarter Travel recommends the following tips for avoiding potential problems:

  • If you have to go shopping, try to do so early in the day when traffic is not as congested.
  • When driving to and from work, take alternate routes that steer clear of malls, big box stores, and other high traffic areas.
  • Allowing extra time to get where you need to go can help prevent dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding or tailgating.
  • If you are going to a party or gathering and intend to drink, consider taking an Uber or making some other arrangements to get home.

If you are involved in a car accident, stay calm and contact Gregg Wexler at the Wexler Law Firm, P.A. Our West Palm Beach car accident attorney are here to protect you, offering the professional legal guidance you need to get the compensation you deserve. Call or contact us online and request a consultation today.

Resources:

autotrader.com/car-reviews/long-holiday-driving-tips-26671

smartertravel.com/2017/06/19/tips-safe-holiday-driving/

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