Tips for Safe Holiday Driving

Tips for Safe Holiday Driving

The holiday season is a very special time for a lot of people in Los Angeles.

 

It’s estimated that nearly 100 million Americans will be traveling during the holiday season. From shopping for gifts to visiting friends and family, the already-busy roads will be even more jam-packed during this time of year.

Check the Vehicle Maintenance List Twice

If you’re traveling to see family, make sure to make a vehicle maintenance checklist - and check it twice. On the busy roads, you may not be able to find a spot to safely pull over if the equipment in your vehicle gives out, or if you need to call a tow truck to have your vehicle taken to a shop. Make sure to check your vehicle’s:

 
  • Engine oil

  • Transmission fluids

  • Hoses

  • Belts

  • Engine coolant

  • Tire pressure and tread

  • Brake system

  • Battery

 

Doing this could help you avoid your vehicle break downing in the middle of the road and reduce the risk of a collision in the middle of the road during these busy times.

Easy on the Gas Pedal

The holidays can seem like a very hustle-and-bustle time, and the temptation to speed can be even greater than usual. We’re all rushing to get to our destination at this time of the year, and everyone on the road also has somewhere to go.

 

It's important to remember that, with more cars on the road, comes a greater risk for collision. There will be more vehicles around you and more cars trying to get over into other lanes. Be patient and let other cars over - it could be the deciding factor between getting into a crash and avoiding one.

 

While Los Angeles doesn’t get much of a winter season, the winter does usually bring an additional spout of rain. When roads are wet, it can cause your vehicle to hydroplane if you are driving too fast and your tires look grip with the ground. Avoid this by being away of aware of this and keeping your speed limit lower than usual.

Don’t Drink and Drive

There will most likely be many festivities happening during the holiday season. It can be tempting to want to partake in drinking alcohol during these fun times. However, if you do decide to drink, don’t get behind the wheel.

 

There will be more people on the road and out on the streets, which can increase the risk of an accident. Have a sober friend or family member drive you if you are drinking. If you think you see or a drunk or reckless driver, you should call local police officials and notify them to ensure no one gets hurt.

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

Holidays are a time for gathering with family and enjoying time together. Especially on the busy roads, it’s essential to be extra aware and careful to avoid sustaining injuries.

 

Unfortunately, accidents can still happen. If you are injured due to the negligence of another, you shouldn’t have to worry about having to deal with the legal and financial aftermath of it. Our firm can help you during these difficult times to take the burden off you and your family.

 

Contact our firm at (800) 905-8777 if you or a loved one has a case you would like to discuss.

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