Driving Tips for the Holiday Season
The start of the holiday season is almost here. Thanksgiving and Christmas are approaching and it’s time to start preparing. During this celebratory time of year, families and friends get together to share food, laughs and memories. But, it also means that it can be a dangerous time on the road. According to the US Department of Transportation, over 700 people died in car accidents in December of 2016. It’s important to stay safe this season. Here are some holiday driving tips to help keep you and others safe on the road.
- Never Drink and Drive
If you or someone you know has had alcohol, do not get behind the wheel. Instead call a friend or family member to drive you home. You can also opt for a taxi or rideshare service, like Uber or Lyft, to help get you home. It’s never worth getting behind the wheel if you are intoxicated.
- Always wear your seatbelt
Though it may seem like a no-brainer, wearing your seatbelt can save your life. Before you start cruising, make sure that all passengers in your car are buckled up. If you have pets, make sure they are either strapped into a car seat, or in a crate.
- Watch out for deer!
Deer, and other animals, might unexpected jump out when you are driving. To prevent an accident with a creature, slow down your car. Don’t swerve – it could lead to an accident with another car. Apply the break. If you are driving at a lower speed, it will give you more time to break and avoid the animal.
- Be Careful with Ice
Icy conditions are hazardous. It’s best to wait to drive until the ice has melted. But sometimes, you may not be able to wait, or you might encounter some black ice. When driving in icy weather, drive slowly and carefully. If your car hits some ice, don’t jerk the wheel or slam on the breaks. Instead, turn into the curve and stay calm. Check out some more tips for driving in icy conditions.
- Don’t Let Drowsiness Sneak Up on You
We’ve all experienced the post meal drowsiness of the holiday season – stuffing turkey, ham and pie into our mouths without thinking. After a long day of eating and socializing, you might be tired. If you are tired, do not drive. Drowsiness is extremely dangerous. You could end up falling asleep behind the wheel. If you are driving long distances, take breaks or switch drivers to avoid getting sleepy. You could also call a taxi, Uber, or family member to drive you home if you are too tired.
The holidays should be a time of joyous celebration. Don’t let tragedy strike. Always be careful when you are driving, but be especially careful around the holiday season. If you are driving, make sure that your auto insurance is sufficient. Accidents do happen, unfortunately. And if they do, then you will want to make sure that your auto insurance coverage is there to help protect you. Talk to your insurance agent about your car insurance policy before disaster hits!