The holiday season is upon us – and with it comes traffic. As more people hit the road, it is important to take necessary precautions during the hectic holiday season. Whether you’re driving across the country or across town, follow these tips to keep spirits high and everybody safe.
1. Perform a maintenance check on your vehicle. Checking your vehicle becomes increasingly important with the increase in cold weather and rain. Before you hit the road, perform a check of your vehicle’s engine, fluids, headlights, windshield wipers, brakes, turn signal, and tires.
2. Be flexible in your travel plans. If you can, try to avoid leaving during peak traffic hours. Leave a bit earlier than you originally planned in order to beat some of the rush.
3. Be patient. It is important that you not let frustration affect your driving. Avoid the temptation to speed, tailgate, or make unsafe lane changes or passes in an effort to get ahead of traffic. These are very dangerous as other drivers can't predict those actions.
4. Designate a driver.
If your get-together will involve alcohol, be sure to designate a sober driver. Drunk driving crashes tend to spike during the holidays – don’t allow yourself or your family members to become part of the statistics.