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Helpful Holiday Travel Safety Tips

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:

  • Get your car inspected or serviced before you leave and always keep an emergency kit in it: 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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