As you head out onto the roads this holiday season, please consider our law firm’s road travel recommendations to keep you, your family, and other drivers safe.
1. Driving in the cold can affect your tires. Check your vehicle’s owners manual to confirm what tire pressure is appropriate for your vehicle’s tires. Too much pressure can cause punctures and rips and end in a blowout. Confirming that your tires are ready for the cold weather can mean the difference between a safe drive to grandma’s house and a trip to the emergency room.
2. Have a designated driver. Holiday parties are one of the best aspects of the season, but always make sure you have a designated driver. If you do not have a designated driver, call a cab. Many cities have programs like Sober Ride that will provide a safe ride home for you in the event you need one.
3. Drive defensively. Not everyone calls a cab during the holiday season. Make sure that you watch out for potentially drunk or distracted drivers as you travel. If you see a vehicle driving dangerously, call 911 or your local police department.
4. Put your cell phone down. Do not text and drive. In 2011, over 20% of car accidents involved at least one driver using a cell phone. That one text or phone call is not worth an accident.
5. Properly maintain your car. Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained before a long road trip; have your fluids and tires inspected before you head out with your loved ones in the car.
6. Be prepared. Keep your car tank at least half full at all times to avoid running out of gas in an unfamiliar area. Keep an extra charged cell phone battery on hand to remain in communication no matter what.