8 Safety Tips For The Holidays
As the holiday season rolls around, there will be an increase in holiday travel as we try to spend precious time with our loved ones. In the rush and pressure of the holidays, accident lawyers want to ensure that we are taking the proper precautions to arrive at our destinations safely. While we head to the roads for holiday travel, an experienced car accident attorney knows that car accidents and injuries may happen. Here are 8 tips to help prevent unexpected accidents on the road during the holidays:
1) Keep all your attention on the road ahead. No call or text is worth your life. If you feel yourself reaching for your electronic devices, if it is necessary, find a safe place to pull over to check. Many accidents are caused by cell phone use and distracted driving, do not let this be you.
2) Check to make sure your vehicle is in good condition to travel. Fill up the gas, check the tires, check the oil, etc. Taking the extra time to make sure that there are no issues with your vehicle will only help ensure a safer trip.
3) Follow the rules of the road. Always buckle up. If you are driving with people, make sure they are buckled up as well. Many lives are saved every day by seatbelts.
4) Avoid being an aggressive driver since 26% of accidents are caused by aggressive driving when people switch lanes or tailgate another car. The holidays are stressful enough, adding dangerous driving behaviors only adds more stress and derails the safety of others on the road.
5) Check your destination and the route you will be taking, keep in mind that there are more vehicles on the road during the holidays. It is possible that you will be experiencing delays while going to your destination because of holiday travel.
6) Try to stay in the right lane if you have more than one travel lane. Only drive in the left lane if passing or turning. Studies have shown that 22% of vehicles tried to cut in front of a vehicle when there was not enough room. It is not worth the potential accident to try to beat the traffic. If you find yourself injured because of unsafe driving, a WRZ car accident attorney will help assist you.
7) Scan your surroundings while on the road. Keep your eyes open to any potential hazards or people alongside the road. Do not assume that the road is clear ahead and check your blind spots thoroughly.
8) Be vigilant, do NOT drink and drive. You are not only putting yourself at risk but all those around you. We don’t want to start off the holidays with a DUI charge or accident. Play it safe and use an uber or rideshare if you have been drinking, do not get behind the wheel.
Contact An Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
At Wilson Reeder & Zudar Law, we understand the pressure of the holiday season. When unexpected accidents and injuries happen — we are here to help. If you or your loved one is injured in a car accident this holiday season, contact a qualified car accident attorney for a free legal consultation. Your safety and wellbeing are our top priority. The holidays can be a stressful time. Let an experienced car accident attorney ease the stress related to these unexpected times.