You may not realize it, but safe driving becomes especially difficult during the holiday season. With the combination of limited daylight hours, driving to unfamiliar locations and navigating on wintery roadways, motorists have a hard time.
Here are four ways you can stay safe during holiday trips:
1. Have your car serviced for winter.
Check the last time you took your vehicle for a maintenance check. If it has been a while, take it to a mechanic to make sure everything is in working order for the winter roads.
Winterize your vehicle by checking your battery, filling your wiper fluid reservoir and replacing old tires. Put together a winter car survival kit with necessities such as a snow scraper, jumper cables, blanket, warm clothes, flares and a first aid kit.
2. Plan your travels.
Check the weather before you venture out for a drive. Add extra time for you to get to your destination in case of inclement weather or busy roads around the holidays. Speeding is never a good idea, especially in heavy traffic and bad weather.
3. Protect your vehicle from theft.
The hustle and bustle of the holidays may make you forget that your vehicle is still at risk of break-ins. Prevent car theft by parking in busy areas, moving gifts and other valuables to the trunk, locking your doors and staying alert as you are warming up your car.
4. Do not drive impaired.
Holiday parties and celebrations often involve alcoholic refreshments. If you plan to drink, do not drive. Instead, enlist a designated driver to help you get home safely.
It is possible to fully enjoy the holidays while also making sure to drive safely.