Wilshire Law Firm Holiday Tips
What’s more stressful than finding the perfect gift for your family? Driving in holiday rush-hour traffic! According to the California Highways Patrol, December 24th is one of the busiest travel days of the year. Everyone is in such hurry to spend time with their family and friends and to do some last-minute shopping that they may be willing to compromise safety for faster traveling time. Don’t do this!
Reach your destination quickly and safely by incorporating these 10 tips into your travel plans:
- Keep a Safety Kit in the Vehicle: If you haven’t done so yet, create an emergency safety kit for your vehicle. Your kit should include a flashlight, jumper cables, blankets, matches, candles, radio, and cell phone.
- Plan your route in advance! Traffic in general is terrible in big cities, particularly during the holidays. Preparation means you spend less time messing with Google Maps and more time driving. Research alternate routes in case of a detour.
- Prep your vehicle. Before driving in holiday traffic, take your vehicle to a mechanic for an oil change and tune-up to check your brakes, taillights and engine. If tires look dull, change them, especially if you’re traveling to a place that has snow or rain.
- Check your child’s car seat. It’s better to double check that your child’s car seat or booster is secure before leaving on your trip than having to stop and secure it during your trip. As an extra precaution, get your car seat inspected by a professional at safercar.gov.
- Buckle up! It’s the oldest trick in the book as far as vehicle safety goes. Not only is it the law, but seat belts save lives! Buckling up will reduce serious crash-related injuries and death by almost half!
- Pay attention while you drive. It seems simple, but distractions are everywhere! Remember that your phone, radio, and passengers, especially children, call all be major distractions.
- Avoid fatigue. Every year, 100,000 police-reported crashes occur because of fatigued driving. Prevent drowsiness by sleeping more than 8 hours the night before. Take a break every 2 hour to stretch and breathe in the fresh air. As tempting as it may be to make a trip in one day, it’s best to stop after 10 hours of driving.
- Follow the speed limits. We know that you’re excited to see your family and friends, but avoid speeding. Slow down for heavy traffic and weather changes.
- Designate a driver if you plan on drinking. According to National Highways Traffic Safety Administration, almost 29 people die from alcohol-impaired vehicle crashes every day! Don’t be a part of this statistics and designate a driver. If you can’t find a designated driver, order a taxi or Lyft.
- Invest in roadside assistance. In 2015, more than 32 million drivers called AAA for car breakdowns. Keep AAA or your insurance company’s number in your phone or in the car in case of breakdowns, collision, or other car related emergencies.
Nothing can ruin the holidays faster than a car accident. Take the extra time and care to reach your destination accident-free for a holiday that you can truly enjoy!