Whether you’re out shopping, heading out to a holiday party, or taking a road trip to see family, the holidays probably have you busy and preoccupied. Safe driving may not be the first thing on your mind. That’s why it’s a good idea to take a minute and remind yourself of some safe travel tips.
Have Your Vehicle Serviced Before a Road Trip
With all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, it’s easy to forget about maintaining your car. A busy schedule may mean you skipped an oil change or a tire rotation. Before you take a road trip, however, it’s important to make sure your vehicle is well-maintained. A tire blowout on the side of the highway can be dangerous and put a real damper on the festivities.
Have an Emergency Kit
If you do get stranded on the road, having an emergency kit will make you glad you prepared in advance. Tools such as a spare tire, car jack, and jumper cables can help you get back on the road. It can also help to have a first aid kit, emergency flares, a flashlight, and a cell phone charger.
Plan Your Route Ahead of Time
Most of us rely on our GPS devices to get us to our destination. But what if the system fails, or we don’t have adequate signal on our phones? Knowing the route ahead of time can help. Consider having a map handy just in case. Be prepared for busy roads and consider leaving early if you. Check the weather report to determine the safest time to get on the road.
Avoid Drowsy Driving
It’s important to make sure you’re well rested before getting on the road before embarking on a road trip. Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving. Try to bring a buddy if possible so that you can share the driving duties. Make frequent rest stops even if it’s to stretch your legs.
Don’t Drink and Drive
Even a small amount of alcohol can impair your ability to drive safely. Alcohol takes a significant amount of time to clear your system so don’t take any chances.
Follow the rules of the road but also be aware of those around you, especially large commercial trucks. Put your phone or other devices away and try to stay free from distractions.
Contact an Experienced Personal Injury Attorney
If you’ve been seriously injured during holiday driving, you should have an experienced personal injury attorney evaluate your case. At Bonina & Bonina, P.C., we have over 50 years of experience helping injured New Yorkers. Contact us online or call us at 1-888-MEDLAW1 to schedule your free consultation. Home and hospital visits are available. Se habla español.