Many of us plan to travel during the holidays and, whether you plan on
taking a road trip, or simply plan on driving around more frequently to
visit friends and family members for parties and gatherings, you will
want to make sure you are safe.
To ensure all of your holiday travels go smoothly and safely, we have compiled
a list of helpful tips for you to consider as you plan your trips this winter:
Take your car in for a full inspection before your trip: The last thing you want to experience during the holidays is car trouble.
No one wants to be stuck on the side of the road in cold weather. Additionally,
situations can also be incredibly dangerous. For example, if one of your
tires blew out in the middle of a highway while driving at a high speed,
this could potentially result in a fatal accident. To avoid any accidents
that might be caused by car trouble, get your vehicle inspected and, if
anything needs to be addressed, make sure it gets fixed. You should also
prepare an emergency kit that contains all the necessary tools you might
need, including a carjack and jumper cables.
Know how to drive on icy roads: If you do not live in an area where icy roads are common, you might not
know how to maneuver your vehicle under these circumstances. Do an internet
search for some tips to ensure you are able to navigate your vehicle on
an icy road if your trip leads you to an area where this is a necessary
skill to have. A good rule of thumb is to decrease your speed, give yourself
plenty of time to reach your destination without being in a rush, and
to leave enough room to stop.
Drive ahead of time and know alternate routes: If you need to be somewhere at a certain time, plan appropriately by leaving
ahead of schedule and knowing what alternate routes you can take if there
is any road construction or closures.
Make time for rest stops: Road trips can be long, so if you are about to embark on a trip that will
take hours, carve out some time for rest stops. Making frequent stops
to rest or stretch your legs can boost your energy and help keep you alert.
If you cannot spare just a few minutes every few hours, then you probably
did not plan effectively enough.
Carry a phone charger: Most of us have cell phones nowadays, but yours will not be any good if
its battery is nearly depleted, so keep a phone charger in your car, or
a portable one that you can take with you. Having a phone can make a big
difference in safety, allowing you to call for roadside help or emergency
assistance in the event of an accident.
Stay hydrated: This probably does not sound like a safety tip, but the fact is that not
having enough water on a long trip can lead to increased fatigue and decreased
alertness, which are both, of course, dangerous. Keep a few bottles in
your car and take sips every so often to stay hydrated.
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