Staying Safe for the Holidays

The holiday season is in full swing, and with Halloween in the rearview mirror, thoughts are turning toward Thanksgiving and Christmas. With many families eager to reconnect and gather following long separations, it's a good bet that many will be hitting the road rather than taking to the skies to get there. Unfortunately, this means more traffic, more hazards, and an increased potential for accidents. If you are planning to drive to visit friends and family over the holidays, take extra care and remember the following driver safety tips for your trip.

1. Prepare the Vehicle

  • Check tire inflation, alignment, and tread.
  • Check oil, coolant, transmission, wiper, and other fluid levels.
  • Test brakes and brake systems
  • Check the headlights and taillights.
  • Make sure there is a properly stocked emergency roadside kit in your vehicle.

2. Plan Your Route

Determine the fastest and most efficient route to your destination. You should also plan alternate routes around cities, road construction, mountain passes, and other potential hazards.

3. Remember: Slow and Steady Wins the Race

It is better to arrive a little late than not at all. Speeding is not worth the tickets, headaches, hospital bills, and legal fees it can cause if you cause an accident.

4. Stay Alert

The holidays mean that people will be drinking more and paying less attention to basic driver safety. Every year, the week before and after Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's, there is an uptick in the number of DUI arrests and accidents. Watch out for swerving vehicles and erratic driving.

5. Avoid Distractions...and Take Breaks

Whether you drive a few hours away or days across the country, keep your mind on the road ahead. Don't fumble with radio dials and fiddle with comfort controls. And, take breaks along the route. Stop off and "smell the roses" at points of interest, museums, parks, shopping centers, etc., where you can stretch your legs and give your mind a break.

6. Get Plenty of Rest

Don't skip rest because you are in a rush. Make sure to get sufficient sleep before you head out and before you return. Remember, drowsy driving is just as deadly as distracted driving or drunk driving.

We wish you a healthy, happy, and safe holiday season. If the Grinch gifts you a car accident for whatever reason, contact Welmaker Injury Law at (210) 828-6033 to learn more about your legal options.