The holidays are all about spending time with family and friends; however, in order to do that, you will most likely have to drive. Whether you are driving a few blocks or a few hundred miles, you will be sharing the road with an excessive number of other drivers. The holidays have statistically been one of the most dangerous times for motorists and, while you cannot control other drivers, there are things you can do to ensure that you and your passengers stay as safe as possible.
Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for travel. Even if you are not traveling far, the weather can change quickly in Philadelphia. So, make sure you have completed all necessary maintenance. Then, make sure your car has proper tires, fresh brake pads, enough oil, good wiper blades, etc. If you are going to drive for a longer period of time, you should have your car inspected by a professional.
- Plan your driving route in advance and then check traffic and weather reports before leaving. You should always have an alternate route in place in case roads close unexpectedly, but by being prepared before you leave, you can eliminate the distraction of messing with a map or navigation system while driving.
- Follow the speed limits posted. No matter how much of a hurry you are in, there is no need to speed just to arrive at your destination sooner. Speeding is still one of the leading causes of fatal accidents, and with the roads quickly icing up in the winter, excessive speeds could be even more dangerous.
- Get a good night’s rest the night before you start traveling. Fatigued driving or drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunken driving, since your reaction times are severely impaired. If you are too tired to keep driving, pull off to the side of the road and rest or have a passenger take over.
- Be prepared for winter emergencies. There will be plenty of snow and ice on the ground around this time of year, which means you should have an emergency kit, extra blankets, flares, etc. on hand while traveling.
- Do not drink and drive. While attending your holiday parties, have a designated driver and refrain from any alcoholic beverages if you are the driver. If you cannot drive safely, find somewhere to stay or call a cab.
- Always be prepared for black ice. It is most common on freeway on-ramps and exits as well as roads that pass under bridges. While you cannot always see it, driving safely and being prepared to strike ice can reduce the chance of it causing an accident.
Were You Injured in a Car Accident?
If you or your loved ones are injured in a car accident this holiday season, speak with an attorney to explore your options for compensation. Jeffrey H. Penneys, Esq. can assess your case for free and help determine if you are eligible for compensation under Philadelphia negligence statutes. Schedule your free consultation at 1-800-Injury-Law, or fill out an online case evaluation form.