Holiday get-togethers can mean more time spent behind the wheel. While this is a joyous occasion, more time on the road can mean higher rates of accidents, especially when you add nasty weather to the mix.
The good news is that drivers can protect themselves and their passengers by exercising precautions. Here are a few tips to drive smart this time of year:
· Before you hit the road, make sure you’re current with maintenance. And be sure to check your tire pressure, as cold temperatures can cause tires to lose air and become underinflated.
· Allow plenty of time to get to your destination, and be flexible if things don’t go as planned.
· Check the forecast. If heavy snow or ice is predicted during the time you plan to travel, consider adjusting your plans.
· Don’t forget your seat belts. Young children might require booster seats until they hit the weight minimum.
· Remember, the rear seat is the safest place for children of any age to ride.
· Make sure you are well rested. Drowsiness can cause accidents. Take plenty of breaks and do not push yourself to meet an unrealistic schedule. If you get tired, pull over and give yourself a break.
· Don’t speed, especially in hazardous conditions. Give yourself plenty of time and distance to drive defensively.
· Do not pass if you cannot see enough clear road to do so safely.
· If you plan to have an adult beverage or two, secure a designated driver. You can never be too safe.
· Put together an emergency kit that includes blankets, gloves, an ice scraper, flashlight, jumper cables and snacks.
· Ensure your cell phone is charged so you can notify someone in case of an emergency or accident. Having a car charger on hand is a good idea.
· Make sure you have enough gas in your tank. You never know if you’ll need to take a detour.
All of us at 14/69 Auto Body wish you safe travels!