Essential driving tips for the upcoming holiday season!
There are many reasons why you might find yourself driving during the holidays. You could be running out for last-minute shopping or dinner. However, the most common reason is to spend time with friends or family. Getting to your destination safely is the number one priority regardless of why you’re on the road.
When you add bad weather or slippery roads into the mix, there’s a lot to think about during the holidays. We’ve prepared a list of our top driving tips for this holiday season for you right here! So, have happy holidays and, most importantly, arrive safely. A little late is always better than not at all.
Holiday Season Driving Safety Tips
- Get Your Vehicle Serviced – This one is important. If you haven’t already, and you plan on driving over the holidays, then get a service now. Also, if you live in a snowy state, ensure your car is winterized early.
- Give Yourself Extra Time – Don’t rush! If you plan on arriving at a certain time, then leave 10-15 minutes early. This way, you won’t be rushing, and if you hit a little traffic, you should be okay.
- Allow for the Weather – Check the weather before you leave. Weather in winter can be highly unpredictable. So always allow yourself a little extra time, and if there’s a chance of snow or ice, make sure you have winter tires fitted.
- Designated Driver – This one is key! It wouldn’t be a holiday party or event without a few drinks. If you plan on drinking any drink at the holiday party, then designate a driver. If you can’t get a designated driver, organize transport home from the event ahead of time if possible.
- Map It Out – Especially if you’re traveling long distances. If your holiday plans include a long cross-country or state trip, map out your route ahead of time. If possible, avoid taking any routes with congested traffic at peak times. If you’re driving to meet family, let them know your route and ETA in advance.
- Avoid Distractions – If you’re the driver. When driving, you need to avoid all distractions and focus 100% on driving. If you’re traveling long distances, then share the driving if possible. Take turns, stop regularly, and don’t forget to eat and drink.
- Stay Off Your Phone! – This one is probably the most important. Don’t text and drive or google different things on your phone while driving. If you need to use your phone, then pull over somewhere safely, text or google, then get back on the road again.
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There you go! Everything you wanted to know about holiday season driving safety tips. If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that you’ll be out and about during the holiday season. The last thing anyone needs is an accident or breakdown to derail their holiday plans. Hopefully, some of the tips above will help to make your holiday travel plans go smoothly.
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