Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, millions of Americans are on the road. Unfortunately, with the increase of drivers, there is an increased chance of car accidents occurring. This holiday season, and all year long, it’s important to keep safe driving tips in mind.
If you’ve been injured on the road, contact us immediately.
Check out these driving tips before leaving for the holidays:
Service Your Car
Before going on any long road trip, it’s important to take your car to your local mechanic so he can check for any issues. It’s less stressful to find and fix an issue before going on a trip, rather than dealing with one in an unknown area.
Double Check Your Tires
Your tires take the brunt of your driving. Make sure to check their air and tread before leaving on vacation. If any of the tread is low, it’s important to replace your tires. This will help you avoid skids and blowouts.
If you’re going to a state that is known for heavy snow, plan ahead so you can drive when there is daylight. Nighttime driving and snowy conditions can often be the cause of accidents. Also, if you are driving for long periods of time, it’s important to switch drivers every two to three hours.
Pack a Safety Kit
When you leave for vacation, pack an emergency safety kit to have just in case. We hope you don’t have to use it but it’s better to have one than not. We recommend packing items such as batteries, flares, flashlights, gloves, beanies, reflective vests, and tools.
If you’re driving for a long period of time, make sure you stay alert any way you can. Ask someone to ride with you that you can talk to, play music, roll down the window, and stay hydrated. Your reflexes are much slower when you’re tired. If needed, pull off at a rest stop and take a nap.
The attorneys at Walker Hulbert Gray & Moore handle many personal injury cases. Call us at 478-987-1415 for your free personal injury consultation.