Although the holiday season is a time of joy, the winter months present many unique challenges for drivers due to colder weather conditions, increased traffic, and reduced daylight. Even if you do not plan on traveling a great distance this holiday season, you should still exercise extra caution when driving around your neighborhood. An accident can happen anywhere, no matter how close you are to home.
STAY SAFE THIS WINTER
To help you stay safe this winter, we put together a list of tips for you to review before you hit the road. We cannot control the actions of those around us, but we can all do our best to make the roads a safer place.
Below are the top 5 holiday driving tips:
- Plan out your trips: Whether you plan on driving a few miles to visit friends or you are traveling a long distance to see family, you should plan out the details of your trip. Check the weather conditions to ensure the roads are safe and, if you need to arrive at a specific time, make sure you take traffic into account and leave enough room for any necessary breaks.
- Get plenty of rest: Driving while fatigued is incredibly dangerous no matter how close your destination is. No matter how hectic the holiday season is, you should always make time to get an adequate amount of sleep if you plan on traveling. If you are going for a long drive, plan out some rest stops.
- Do not drive if you had a drink: People often underestimate the dangers of driving while a little buzzed. Unfortunately, even if you only had a couple of drinks, your judgment might still be a little impaired. Instead of taking a risk on your safety or the safety of others, use a ridesharing service or a designated driver if you plan on celebrating the holidays with some alcoholic refreshments.
- Do not drive while distracted: Distracted driving is one of the biggest causes of motor vehicle accidents across the country. During the holidays, while driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic, distracted driving can become even more hazardous. Keep your eyes on the road and, if something absolutely requires your attention, pull over to a safe area and address it before you resume driving.
- Do not speed: You might encounter rain and snow during the winter, both of which create dangerous driving conditions, so be sure to reduce your speed accordingly.
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