Many people hit the road during the holidays to visit family and loved ones. While this togetherness at the holidays brings warmth and cheer, the travel between destinations poses safety hazards. Protecting your family starts with proactive safety behind the wheel while you are traveling for the holidays.
There are a few key considerations to think about.
Following distance is important
Maintaining a safe following distance reduces your risk of rear-end collisions on the road. With the increased traffic of holiday travel plus the unpredictability of weather and road conditions, you should allow plenty of room to stop if something occurs to disrupt traffic flow ahead of you.
Inclement weather is possible
Even when the forecast seems calm, remember that winter weather is unpredictable. More than 20% of all vehicle crashes are weather-related. Prepare for the risk of adverse weather and pull over if conditions seem unsafe.
Distracted driving increases risks
During holiday travel, distractions abound. Whether holiday lights catch your eye or you field another phone call from your loved ones to check on your journey, taking your eyes off the road can be dangerous. Not only that but, if you travel with children or other passengers, have someone with you to handle their requests and needs to reduce your distractions.
Safe driving is essential all year but the holidays bring increased risks. Consider these tips and plan ahead so that you have plenty of time to arrive at your destination. This allows you to enjoy the journey as much as the family celebrations.