While many people are choosing to forego travel this holiday season, there are still millions of Americans who will be hitting the roadways. The potential for accidents is great, so here are some safe driving tips to keep in mind:
Plan ahead and before your trip, make sure your vehicle is in good repair. Get an oil change, check the tires, and make sure your vehicle is safe to drive. Nothing puts a damper on holiday travel like being forced to spend time on the side of the highway with a broken-down vehicle.
Drowsy driving can be deadly, so it is important that you stay fresh and alert for your drive. Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip. If you begin to feel drowsy during your drive, pull over, or let someone else take the wheel. Take regular breaks during the trip to keep yourself alert.
Be Aware of Your Speed
Speeding is one of the most common causes of car accidents. Give yourself plenty of time and maintain your distance from other vehicles on the road. Studies show that for every one percent increase in speed, the chance of a fatal accident increases by four percent. Obey the speed limits.
Increased holiday traffic and weather conditions can be frustrating. Put safety first and allow aggressive and impatient drivers to pass you. This puts you in control of the situation.
Don’t Drive While Impaired
Sometimes the holidays involve increased alcohol consumption. Driving while impaired by drugs or alcohol can be deadly. Even a couple of drinks can impair your ability to safely operate a vehicle. Have a designated driver or wait until you’re sober to hit the road.
Distracted driving can be deadly. Put the cell phone away, let someone else control the GPS, and keep your eyes on the road.
Contact a Car Accident Attorney
If you’re injured in a car accident over the holidays, you should consult with an experienced car accident attorney. Gregg Goldfarb has over 25 years representing the victims of car accidents, and he’s here to help you. Contact us online or call us at 305-374-7000 to schedule a free consultation.