The holiday season brings a certain amount of driving risks. At this time of the year, the roads are filled with all types of vehicles, parking lots are dangerous for both the drivers and pedestrians and the streets are crowded with life.
If you are a driver, you should be aware of the dangers of driving during the holidays. Here are some safety tips that will help you avoid getting caught in an accident, as well as increase your safety on the roads.
Your number one priority is safety and getting safely to where you are going. To do so, you are going to have to pay attention to the following things:
- The traffic around you
- Weather conditions
- Road conditions
- Traffic signs
- Speed limit
This means no speeding (everyone is already rushing, and it would just increase the risk of getting involved in a car accident), and no sudden breaking as the car behind you may not have enough space nor time to brake safely.
Stay Fresh and Focused!
If you are working a lot, consider taking some time off to commit to your family. Holidays are meant to be family time, and it is only fair to spend it with your closest ones. If you are driving all the time, try and relax and let your spouse take the wheel. If you are feeling fatigued from work, you should definitely visit a spa or some other rejuvenating place and spend a wonderfully relaxing day with your family.
According to The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2010 to 2013 there were 72,000 crashes, 45,000 injuries and almost 1,000 deaths related to driver fatigue. Keep these numbers in mind the next time you sit behind the wheel while feeling fatigued or drowsy.
If you end up getting caught in a car accident, call Pittsburgh Car Accident Attorneys and seek legal representation. They will come to your aid in no time and help you deal with the situation as well as help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Winter roads are dangerous and unpredictable. Start by putting everyone else’s safety first (people in your vehicle) and then your own. That way, you will drive defensively, slower than usual, but more careful. That is the only safe way to drive during the holiday season. The traffic will be filled with cars and motorcycles, and the chances of encountering an aggressive or a reckless driver are very high at this time of the year.
Stay on the lookout and remember to keep a safe distance and maintain proper speed.
This means no distractions, no shiny lights, no cell phone usage, no food and drinks in the car, no playing with your kids. Eyes on the road ahead and everything will be perfectly fine.
In case of an accident, consult with Car Accident Attorneys in Pittsburgh; if you need legal representation to secure your compensation, our attorneys are at your disposal.
Use these driving tips to stay safe on the road during the holidays.