Not everyone will be on the roads this season, but those who will be face many dangers while traveling. Holiday traffic comes with an increase of crowded roads, weather hazards, and heightened alcohol consumption. So, how can you keep yourself and your family safe while traversing the winter roads?
Smith Injury Law has three expert tips on how you can get to your destination safely. No matter where you’re going or when you’re driving this season, it is always best to plan ahead and drive safely.
1. Prepare and Plan Before Hitting the Roads
When you’re driving in high-risk situations, don’t just hope for the best. Driving during this time requires extra precautions and may even include vehicle modifications to ensure a safe trip. One way to be proactive before traveling is to get a vehicle inspection. Make sure everything is working properly and is up-to-date. Check to see if your tires have the correct air pressure and have enough grip to keep you steady on icy or rainy roads.
Take your drive slow. Allocate time for traffic and slower speeds. Rushing to your location or driving fast and recklessly not only endangers you but others around you.
2. Don’t Drink and Drive
It seems like a no brainer, but even if you think you know how much alcohol your body can handle, it’s never a good idea to risk getting behind the wheel after drinking. If you do want to drink, have a reliable plan for a sober driver. Find a designated driver you can trust, or make plans to stay the night with a friend or family member before getting back on the roads. The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that, “drunk drivers play a role in a full 40 percent of traffic deaths over Christmas and New Year’s.”
3. Remain Awake and Alert
Drowsy drivers can be just as hazardous as drunk drivers. It’s easy to convince yourself that you can make the drive despite being tired. However, until you’re on the road, you may not know what situation you will face. You must have all of your wits about you before getting behind the wheel. It’s always best to avoid the risk and be sure of yourself long before merging onto the highway.
While you may be taking these steps to stay safe on the roads, others may not. Always be aware of your surroundings and other drivers who may be driving recklessly or under the influence.
If you or a loved one has been in an auto collision, call Smith Injury Law now! We may help you get the settlement you deserve so you can focus on celebrating the holidays with those who matter most. Call 864-300-HURT today and ask about a free consultation!
Disclaimer: Principle office is located at 1210 Laurens Rd, Greenville, SC 29607. No fee unless the case is settled or won, costs may be excluded.