Traveling for the holidays? According to the National Safety Council, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s are among the most dangerous holidays for drivers. Due to the increased amount of drivers on the road, the urgency to reach a destination, and the poor driving conditions during the winter months, driving during the holidays can be a bit overwhelming.
Make sure you follow these few simple steps to ensure the safest way to get to your destination.
Get all your basic maintenance done
Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. If maintenance is not up to date, have your car inspected before you take a long drive.
- Check tire pressure and tread on tires
- Check antifreeze levels
- Top off windshield wiper fluid and replace wiper blades if needed
- Test your battery
- Test all lights, including hazards
Pack an emergency road kit
According to AAA, a winter emergency kit should include a first aid kit, jumper cables, an ice scraper and snow brush. It would be beneficial to carry these items as well:
- Sand, cat litter or traction mats
- Small shovel
- Gloves, hats and blankets
- Flashlights with fresh batteries and warning flares or triangles
- Shop rags or paper towels
- Drinking water and nonperishable snack bars
- Warm clothes
- Basic hand tools
- Chargers for your phone
Plan your route
Map out your destination with an alternative route in mind. The best time to head out is typically early in the morning or late evening to avoid heavy traffic. Avoid using your phone while driving and all unnecessary distractions when you’re behind the wheel.
Keep an eye on the weather
Be prepared for weather conditions throughout your driving route, not just the current weather at your home or at your destination.
Take a break and S T R E T C H
If you’re traveling along with someone, divide up the driving time to ensure whoever is driving is alert and not drowsy. If traveling alone, it is recommended to stop and rest every two hours or 200 miles.
With a little prep, you can leave your home stress-free and enjoy the holidays! Warm wishes from The Cochran Firm Philadelphia!