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5 Tips for Safe Travel During the Holidays 

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Posted on October 16, 2021

Every year, the holiday season brings family and friends together. People travel all over to spend time with the people they love. The months between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are filled with dinners, parties, and other social gatherings. It’s the perfect time of year to celebrate.

Unfortunately, the holidays also cause dangers for drivers. Since many people drive out of town, there’s an increase in traffic on roadways. Additionally, impaired, distracted, and reckless drivers can cause accidents.

If you’re planning a trip during the holidays, preparing for your time on the road is critical, especially if your destination is far from home. The precautions below could keep you safe and prevent a destructive or deadly collision.

Prepare for the Road Trip in Advance

Preparation is vital before a long drive. Do your research to find the best route to take. Look for gas stations, rest stops, and restaurants along the route so you can stop when necessary. If you want to spread out the drive over multiple days, you should also book a hotel, so you have a safe place to sleep at night.

Look at the weather forecast in the areas you’re going to drive. You could estimate when you’ll arrive based on how long the trip should take. If there’s a chance of encountering snow or strong thunderstorms, you might be better off picking a different route. However, if it’s impossible to avoid adverse weather during the drive, make sure there are places you can pull off the road if it becomes too dangerous.

Check Your Car for Potential Issues

Most people bring their car to their dealership or another establishment for routine maintenance. It’s particularly vital to ensure your vehicle is in good condition before taking a trip. Check the fluid levels, tire pressure, and gas gauge. You should replace any recalled parts and repair damage that interferes with your vehicle’s normal functioning.

Pack Necessities for an Emergency

You should already have an emergency kit in your vehicle. It’s a good thing to have if you’re involved in an accident or become stranded in the middle of nowhere. It’s particularly essential during a long drive.

The kit should include everything you might need in an emergency. Pack bottled water to stay hydrated if your car stalls on a deserted road. You should also have nonperishable food to eat. There should be a medical kit with bandages, rubbing alcohol, and other necessary supplies in case you get hurt.

A blanket could save your life if you’re stranded during a snow or ice storm. You could use it to bundle up and stay warm.

Warning devices, such as flares and cones, can also be helpful following an accident. If you don’t have cell service, you can use the flare so that someone can find you. Place cones around your vehicle so approaching motorists can see you and drive around.

Take Frequent Breaks

Driving long distances often leads to fatigue. You should pull into a rest stop to stretch your legs whenever possible. Taking breaks to walk around, grab a cup of coffee, or sit in the vehicle for a few minutes can give your body the energy it needs to continue driving attentively.

If you attempt to drive straight to your destination without stopping, you could fall asleep at the wheel. Fatigue can impair a person’s driving abilities and lead to a slower reaction time, reduced motor skills, and loss of coordination. You don’t have the normal faculties to operate a motor vehicle safely when you feel tired.

Pull off the road if you start to feel fatigued. If you can’t keep driving, you might want to stay at a hotel so you can get a good night’s sleep and feel refreshed when you begin the next day’s drive.

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

Distractions commonly cause car accidents. Some people don’t understand the risk they take when they text or eat behind the wheel. Looking away from the road for even a couple of seconds can have fatal consequences. In 2019, 3,142 people died in accidents involving distracted drivers.

Multi-tasking is impossible while operating a vehicle. The brain can’t focus on more than one thing at a time. If you take your hands off the wheel or focus on something other than driving, you will likely end up running off the road or crashing into another car.

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The aftermath of an accident can be traumatic and confusing. You likely feel overwhelmed with the next steps you need to take to recover and hold the at-fault party liable. You shouldn’t be forced to take on the responsibility of a car accident claim or lawsuit when you’re injured and in pain. Let Caffee Law handle every step of the process on your behalf so you can focus on healing.

Our team of dedicated and experienced lawyers will be your advocate and fight by your side for the justice and compensation you deserve. You can depend on us to provide quality representation during your time of need. We will work hard to try to reach your desired outcome so you can put this devastating experience behind you.

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