Whether you are driving to family events or headed to a holiday party, it is important that you and your loved ones stay safe on the road. Even though Florida is not plagued with the traditional winter weather that other areas of the country are, the state still has its risks in the winter, from rain storms to high winds to drunken drivers.
Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads
- Make sure your vehicle is operating and ready to handle the drive. That means checking your headlights, brake lights, and oil levels, as well as ensuring tire pressure is adequate, all belts and hoses are ready, and your antifreeze is at the appropriate level. If a rain storm is anticipated, do not forget to check your wiper blades and washer fluid. Also, if you are driving a long distance for the holidays, have a professional inspect the vehicle to make sure everything is in tip-top shape.
- Plan your driving route long before you leave. Anticipate delays for holiday traffic, give yourself a little extra time for the commute, and plan for any accidents. You may want to look toward less used street (if possible) to avoid congestion. Also, bring along a GPS system or map in case you need to take an alternate route last minute.
- Always follow the speed limits that are posted and slow down for adverse weather or heavy traffic patterns.
- Drive defensively, but avoid aggressive driving. Aggressive driving can lead to erratic behaviors on the road.
- Make sure you get a good night’s rest before you head out. Even if you are only driving a few miles or a few hours, you should get at least eight hours of sleep so that you can stay focused while on the road.
- Take breaks for longer drives – even a 15 minute break for every two to three hours on the road can make a big difference.
- Be prepared for roadside emergencies by having a roadside kit and a way to contact emergency personnel.
- Do not forget to lock and secure your home before you leave.
- Never drink and drive. If you have a few drinks, consider finding a designated driver for your holiday festivities so that you and your loved ones can arrive safe.
- Do not be distracted behind the wheel. Avoid cellphones, GPS system, long conversations, and other distractions that can take your attention from the road.
Most importantly, always drive defensively. While you can control yourself, you cannot control others sharing the road with you. Always be on the lookout for drivers that are out of control, aggressive, or possibly drunk, and avoid them. Realize that some people will drive aggressively and possibly even exhibit signs of road rage due to the stress of the holidays and holiday travel.
Were You Injured During Holiday Travel?
If you or a loved one was injured during your holiday travels due to the negligence of another driver, contact an attorney at Hancock Injury Attorneys. We are here to work as your advocates and not only hold those drivers responsible, but ensure you receive compensation for your injuries and losses. Contact us online or call us at 813-915-1110 to schedule your free consultation appointment.