We are now in the midst of the festive and ever-joyful Holiday season. Indeed, tens and thousands of people are expected to go shopping, attend parties and important get-togethers, and basically spend quality time with family members and friends. As we count down the days towards holidays, one thing is for sure: more and more vehicles are likely to fill the roads. In fact, the heightened traffic activity had already started since Thanksgiving weekend, and in the following days up to this point, traffic build-up has become commonplace.
In addition to the stress-inducing traffic congestions, this season is also a time for traffic collisions. With unruly drivers roaming the roads, as well as those who are driving while intoxicated or distracted, accidents on the road this season are sure to increase in number. Motorists, therefore, must ensure that they prevent themselves from becoming statistics; suffering an injury is the last thing anyone would want to experience in a rather joyous season.
If you are expected to drive more times than usual this season, it is important that you put these important tips in mind:
· Whether you are going on a long trip or not this Holiday season, it is important that you have your ride serviced to ensure that it is working properly. Go to a licensed auto mechanic for a car tune-up as a preventive measure. Pay special attention to the lights to see if they are working; tires if they are on the correct condition and air pressure; car fluids if needed replenishment and battery if it can still provide power.
· If you are going for a long drive with friends and/or family, make sure that you obtained enough rest before the trip. You can’t afford to feel fatigue in the first few kilometers. But if you feel fatigued in the middle of the trip, you can switch places with someone in your party to substitute you on the driver’s seat.
· When going to parties, it is expected that you would be having a drink or two. Plan ahead; make sure that you have a non-drinking designated driver to accompany you going home. Otherwise, don’t drive at all going to the party.
· If you have children as passengers, make sure that they are properly restrained in a federally-approved child restraint or booster seat.
awards other drivers’ actions can throw your focus off your intention to drive safety, which could potentially lead to an accident.
· Don’t get distracted—keep your phone off while driving. This will prevent you from texting or even answering your cellphone while you are behind the wheel. If you turned it on and you are expecting an important call or message, better pull off the side of the road first before picking it up.
· Make sure that you carry out safe driving techniques. Maintain distance with the vehicle in-front of you. Keep the posted speed limit in mind; slow down when encountering a road hazard. Brake and accelerate at the right moments. More importantly, stay patient; you’ll still get to your destination no matter what.
The roads may be too much for you this season, but with these important safety tips in mind, you don’t only keep a cool head while driving, but also avoid yourself from getting involved in a potential car accident that would definitely ruin your holidays with your loved ones. In case you or your loved one gets in a traffic accident this season, it is extremely important to contact a Los Angeles car accident lawyer immediately to assert for your rights and get compensations for your losses.
May you have a safe and stress-free driving this Holiday season!