If you have listened to the radio lately you know that the holiday season is in full swing. Another sure sign of the holidays is the increase in traffic due to people traveling to visit relatives and loved ones.
While it is nice to know that everyone is traveling to spend time with each other, the increase in traffic also means an increased risk of motor vehicle accidents. From distracted drivers or those operating vehicles under the influence of alcohol to motorists not practicing safe driving, there are plenty factors that can make a trip to or from grandma’s house dangerous or even fatal.
Here are 6 tips to keep your family safe in holiday traffic:
- Maintain a safe following distance – it is always important to maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you. If they brakes suddenly, you want to have enough room to also brake without colliding into their vehicle. Utilizing the 3-second rule is a good way to establish a safe following distance.
- Do not drink and drive – drinking and holidays go hand in hand, which is why drunk driving accidents see an increase during the holidays as well. Establish a designated driver to make sure you and everyone in your vehicle have a safe way to get home.
- Avoid speeding – your trip may be long but there is no sense in speeding as it affects reaction time and braking distance. Take your time and follow the speed limit.
- Heed weather conditions – adjust your driving according to road conditions. Rain and/or snow call for slower speeds since the road surfaces will be slippery. If the weather is bad enough where you do not feel safe driving, find someplace to wait out the weather.
- Rest up – one of the easiest ways to stay alert on the road is to make sure you are well rested prior to your trip. Take the time to sleep beforehand so you do not fall asleep behind the wheel.
- Stay focused on the road – put down the cellphone and remained focused on the road and the cars around you. If you have a passenger, let them take care of the GPS and radio.
It is paramount to your safety and the safety of those in your vehicle for you to practice safe driving, especially during holiday travel. Unfortunately, accidents still happen when other drivers do not drive defensively. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident or drunk driving accident in New Jersey you should contact the lawyers at Rudnick, Addonizio, Pappa & Casazza PC to discuss your legal options. Contact us today at 866-567-0135 to set up a free consultation.
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