During the Christmas season there are millions of Americans hitting the road for trips to visit relatives or just getting out of town. However, with so many vehicles on the road, auto accident injuries and even deaths occur at a much higher rate than usual. Because of this, it is important for drivers traveling on Hernando County roads this holiday season to plan ahead in order to make your drive as safe as possible.
The following are some important safety precautions you can take before and during your holiday trip:
Check Weather and Road Conditions
Before setting out, find out what the weather and traffic conditions are like on the route that you will be driving. If you are headed to somewhere with snow and and icy conditions, give yourself plenty of extra time for slow traffic. It might be difficult to find alternate routes, but try to map out the best route for your needs. Have a backup route if necessary; you can never be too cautious, especially if you are not used to driving in snow and icy conditions.
Pack a Safety Kit
In case you are stuck in your vehicle awaiting help in winter conditions, we recommend having an emergency kit ready. All cars should have a safety kit containing emergency equipment, non-perishable food, water, and blankets to stay safe in the cold while waiting for a rescue crew.
Inspect Your Car Before Heading Out
Make sure that all vehicle fluids are at their correct levels, that your tires are properly inflated and that there is no wear and tear on tires or other car parts that may endanger you and your passengers. You might want to take your car into the mechanic before heading out, just to make sure everything is in proper working order.
Use Safe Driving Habits
We encourage you to practice proper driving techniques and follow the rules of the road. One small mistake can lead to a devastating crash in heavy traffic. Many are injured and killed in auto accidents during the holiday season, so it is best to implement safe driving habits which can help prevent you from being involved in such a tragic collision.
Please keep in mind that other drivers are usually the most dangerous obstacle when traveling. Our Hernando County Auto Accident Lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help you if you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence.