During the holiday season, traffic accidents tend to increase in number. This is due partly to more people going out shopping and rushing around. It also has to do with so many more drivers being on the road during the holidays. Since we all have families to visit, we need to focus on safe driving during the holiday season. Here is a list of safe holiday driving tips.
Tips For Safe Holiday Driving
1. Travel on days other than the day before or the day after the actual holiday.
The worst days for car accidents during the holiday season are the days before and after the actual holiday. This is when most people tend to travel, and most people don't want to travel on the day of the holiday. You could use this to your advantage and travel when there is minimal traffic on the morning of a holiday.
2. Avoid traveling near big stores, malls, airports, and event venues.
These are all high traffic areas, and they get even busier during the holidays. With people rushing around between stores and malls, people driving to and from airports, and more events than any other time of the year being held, it is safer to just avoid those areas as much as possible. Find an alternate route, even if it takes you a little longer to travel.
3. Get your Christmas shopping finished early.
This is one way you can avoid driving near shopping areas, too. If you complete your shopping early, you will have no reason to go near those hectic areas. You will also be less likely to have to run out for last minute gifts or supplies if you have finished your shopping ahead of time.
4. Do your traveling earlier in the morning.
The roads tend to be less busy early in the morning, with late-morning to the afternoon being the busiest. You can beat the busy traffic by waking up early and leaving before all the other drivers are on the road.
5. Drive defensively.
Drivers tend to be more anxious this time of year, and their minds may not always be on the road. Plus, many drivers are in a hurry to get from place to place. You need to be on alert and have your guard up while you are driving. This will give you time to react if another driver turns in front of you or swerves into your lane.
You should also watch for impaired drivers during the holiday season. If you see a vehicle swerving around the road or doing anything else suspicious, stay away from them.
6. Have your vehicle inspected before you travel.
Having a tire blow out on the freeway or your engine break down during your trip can cause car accidents. Safe driving starts with a safe vehicle, and the only way to do that is by making sure it doesn't need any repairs.
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