Are you traveling over the river and through the woods to grandmother’s house this holiday season? So many of us hit the roads during the holidays to visit friends and family and with increased traffic on the roads, there is increased potential for automobile accidents that can cause significant injury and property damage. The Christmas and New Year’s holidays in particular have a 43% higher risk of an automobile accident involving a drunk or impaired driver. This doesn’t mean you have to cancel your travel plans this holiday season, but do consider these tips for safer holiday auto travel to ensure a safe holiday season.
Experts recommend checking your vehicle out in advance of long automotive trips to ensure your car is in top working order. Simple checks such as ensuring your tires have enough air and oil and proper oil pressure will help ensure you’ll get to your destination safely. Make sure you’ve addressed any warning lights or strange noises or knocks before you start your trip. Cold weather precautions are especially important while traveling during the holidays. You’ll want to check to make sure you have enough antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid and that your battery has plenty of power for cold weather starts. These are simple, inexpensive items that will make your trip safer.
Make sure you have a health and safety kit especially for longer trips. When traveling through multiple states, make sure to have COVID precaution items on hand such as face masks, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and a thermometer to help comply with COVID regulations. Pack water and snacks to reduce the need to stop and in case of unexpected closures due to labor shortages. Always have an emergency kit including a flashlight, jumper cables, a cell phone charger, ice scraper, snow brush and blanket in your vehicle.
When traveling long distances or at night, be sure to take regular rest breaks to stay fresh. If another driver is available, take turns driving. More drivers on the road during the holidays can lead to increased accidents.
The experienced personal injury law team at Maher & Maher wishes you the happiest and safest holiday season ever! Whether you’re in town or traveling this holiday season, we wish you good health and prosperity!
Don’t let an auto accident derail your holidays. Let us help you navigate the system and work to make things right. We are honored to serve your legal needs. You can reach our team any time, day or night. Call 719-301-7500 or text 719-424-0057.