5 Safety Tips for Holiday Travel

Millions of Americans will be taking to the road this holiday season to visit family and friends or to enjoy a fun-filled vacation. The memories created during this time are some of the most special of the year, and it is no wonder why many travelers are eager to arrive at their destination.

Along the way, though, many drivers will face traffic congestion, inclement weather, and other hazardous road conditions. The following are five things you can do to help ensure the safety of you, your passengers, and your fellow travelers.

1. Check Car Maintenance. One of the most frustrating hassles for any driver is a malfunctioning automobile. Before your trip, have a qualified mechanic check your battery, tires, windshield wipers, air conditioning system, and fluids and levels, especially if you are planning to travel through cold weather.

2. Avoid Peak Travel Days. Traffic is typically heaviest the day before, the day of, and the day after a holiday. If possible, plan your journey for outside that window of time, when road congestion will be at a minimum.

3. Drive to Road Conditions. As the year transitions from late autumn to early winter, weather becomes an even more serious factor for drivers. Rain, sleet, snow, or ice on crowded highways can be a recipe for disaster, so be sure to reduce your speed and always maintain a safe distance between you and other motorists while driving through inclement weather.

4. Don’t Drive Fatigued. This holiday season, many drivers will be logging hundreds and even thousands of miles to see their loved ones. Long stretches behind the wheel can be difficult for any motorist, as they are more likely to become tired, distracted, or anxious. Prepare a driving schedule for you and one or more alternates, or if you are traveling without another licensed driver, be sure to make regular rest stops.

5. Be Ready for Emergencies. Even with the most meticulous preparation, a driver can still experience any number of road emergencies. Keep a cell phone and charger with you at all times, in case you require roadside assistance or emergency services. It is also beneficial to have emergency supplies in your vehicle, including:

  • First aid kit
  • Blanket
  • Towels
  • Matches
  • Flashlight
  • Batteries
  • Food and water

From everyone at Zinda Law Group, we wish you and yours a safe and memorable holiday season!