The holidays are coming up fast and that means travel for many people. Here are some tips to keep you and your family safe.
1) Take your time. Everyone is rushing around with last-minute things that need to be done during the holidays. Many people are simply in a hurry. Leaving time so that you are not distracted or trying to make it somewhere that you are late in arriving at can be motivators for poor driving. Remember that an accident in a vehicle is going to cause far more problems than just being a little late will.
2) Maintain your vehicle. Make sure that your vehicle is ready for a big trip. Important maintenance like oil changes and things surrounding the engine function are not the only items that need attention. Also ask if you have the right equipment for driving where you are going (chains for mountain passes), whether your tires are in need of replacement, whether you have enough windshield wiper fluid. These are all important considerations to make sure that your trip will be a safe one.
3) Take some time to think about what you can do ahead of time to make your trip easy. Do you have clear directions, an extra cell phone charger, and emergency supplies? If traveling with family does everyone have something to keep them happy and occupied? The single most important distraction for a driver to avoid is that caused by the other people in their vehicle – this includes cell phone usage, which, of course, should not be done while driving unless through hands-free options.
4) Pay attention to weather reports and traffic reports. Be fully aware of what type of problems you are likely to encounter on your holiday trip. The more you can plan ahead and make sure that you are prepared for your unique family getaway this holiday season, the more likely it will be an enjoyable trip and, more importantly, a safe one.