Many families and individuals travel to visit friends and family during the holiday season. No matter where you are headed this year, it’s particularly important to take steps to ensure your safety on the road. Below, we’ll discuss some tips to stay safe while traveling this year.
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Prepare Your Vehicle For Travel
If you’re driving to your holiday destination, you should make sure your vehicle is ready for the trip. Before you leave, you should check the following items:
- Fill up on gas – Whether your destination is just a couple of hours away or somewhere out-of-state, you should always begin your trip with a full tank of gas. You will be able to travel further on a full tank and won’t have to stop as frequently.
- Check your tires – Be sure your tires are in good shape, with no bald patches or worn tread. You should also make sure the tire pressure is consistent with the amount recommended by the manufacturer.
- Check the car’s fluids – Make sure the radiator fluid, washer fluid, brake fluid, and oil are all topped off.
- Inspect the ventilation – Heating and air conditioning keep you comfortable while you travel and provide the vehicle with a steady supply of fresh air.
Get Plenty of Rest
Sometimes we focus on the car, which is important. It’s also important that those who are doing the driving are ready to travel.
- Make sure you’re well-rested – One cause of vehicle collisions is driver fatigue. Be sure you have gotten plenty of rest before you begin the trip.
- Take rest stops – Another way to fight fatigue is to make periodic stops along the way. It’s good to get out and stretch your legs, particularly if the trip is a long one. Take the time to top off your gas, use the facilities, or grab a drink and a snack.
- Be sure everyone in the car is properly buckled up – Protect your family by encouraging everyone to buckle up.
Plan The Trip Ahead of Time
You may have traveled the route numerous times and think you have it down to a science. Still, it never hurts to plan ahead.
- Leave early enough – You can never know what awaits you further down the road. It’s a good idea to give yourself some leeway in case of unforeseen road hazards or weather conditions.
- Practice defensive driving – Leaving with enough time to get there will allow you to follow the speed limit (even if those sharing the road with you don’t). If you are traveling on a multi-lane highway or an interstate, stay in the far right lane and only use the far left lane for passing. Change lanes if you notice cars are merging onto the interstate or the road on which you are traveling.
Assign A Designated Driver
When people get together for holidays, it’s not uncommon for alcohol to be available at the gatherings. If you drink, do so in moderation, and be sure to assign a designated driver to drive you and others home after the party is over.
Take COVID-19 Precautions
The global pandemic has changed our world in so many ways. When you’re traveling, it’s especially important to ensure that you are protecting yourself and your loved ones from exposure to COVID-19. You might want to consider getting vaccinated, bringing face masks along on your trip, and practicing social distancing when you are in large groups of people.
Call Us Today
Should the unthinkable happen and you find yourself the victim of an auto accident during the holidays, our car accident attorneys are here to help. Adam S. Kutner Accident & Injury Attorneys has 32 years of experience representing victims of car crashes. We will work tirelessly to help you seek justice and compensation from the at-fault party.
If you have been injured in an accident that was caused by someone else, you should not have to cover your medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, and other expenses associated with the accident. Our attorneys can help you hold the at-fault party accountable for their negligence or misconduct. Call us at (702) 793-2752 to set up an initial consultation. We’ll discuss your case and help you evaluate your legal options.