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DRIVING SAFETY TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

To start with, Thanksgiving is here and the holiday season is upon us. So, it is that time of year we like to travel, shop for gifts, and visit family and friends. Thus, causing the roads to get congested. And, with the increased traffic comes increased dangers. For this reason, we have gathered some driving safety tips for the holidays.

Also, this is the time of year everyone has a chaotic schedule. So, staying vigilant while driving is important. With tempers flaring and many people distracted, remember safety begins with you. With this in mind, let’s all work together to keep the roads safer this holiday season.

driving safety tips

Considering, the holidays bring increased traffic to the road, staying safe is imperative. As a result, here are some driving safety tips to help keep you safe as you join the holiday traffic.

  • Always Drive SoberDriving under the influence of alcohol continues to be a factor in auto accidents. Which seems to spike during the holidays. So, celebrate responsibly and plan ahead. Either, use a ride-share service or make sure you have a designated driver.
  • Wear Your Seatbelt – Because, in Florida, it’s the law. Also, because wearing a seatbelt saves lives. So, everyone in the car should wear a seatbelt or applicable child restraints.
  • Avoid Driving While Tired – Driving when you’re tired produces effects like the effects of alcohol. Furthermore, the National Sleep Foundation found driving after being awake for 18 straight hours has effects equal to a .05 BAC. Considering, the BAC limit in Florida is .08% or more you want to avoid driving without sleep.
  • Don’t Drive Distracted – Activities that take your hands off the wheel and eyes off the road putting you at a higher risk of an accident.
  • Maintain Your Car – Keeping up with routine maintenance will not only keep your car running but it will help keep you safe. Because brakes and tires are essential to your car’s handling. And, your safety on the road.

holiday parking lot safety

Next, if you like to shop during the holidays you know parking lots get crowded. And, these crowded lots with less daylight can increase the risk of accidents or theft. So, while you are doing your holiday shopping keep these tips in mind.

  • Slow Down – Do not rush around the parking lot to find a parking spot or to beat someone to a spot. As speeding will put you at risk of hitting a car backing out or pedestrian.
  • Stay Alert – Because full parking lots can make it hard to see other vehicles and people walking through the parking lot.
  • Park close or in a well-lit area – If possible park close to a mall entrance or under a light. Staying in a well-traveled area that is well lit will help keep you safe as you walk to and from your car.
  • Put Shopping Bag Away – Now this is something you should practice year-round. Place shopping bags in the trunk. Because a bag sitting out in the open on a seat could attract a thief.
  • Use the Buddy System – Shop with a friend or family member so you can watch out for each other. But, if you do shop alone try to walk near other people. Or, as security to escort you to your car when you are leaving.

What to do if involved in an accident during the holidays

Finally, if you get into an auto accident during your holiday travels or shopping, you need to know what to do. Due to most people not knowing what to do after an accident to protect their rights. We put together these tips to help car accident victims.

  • Get to safety – This will prevent more damage from occurring.
  • Contact the police – It is important to make sure there is a police report. Because you will need this report when you file your claim.
  • Exchange Information – Even if they do not have insurance, you will need their contact and vehicle details. Furthermore, you should get the contact information from any witnesses.
  • Document the Details – You will need to write down both driver’s vehicle information, time, and location of the accident. As well as, the officer’s name with a badge number. Also, try to document any details that may help when you file your claim.
  • Take Pictures – You should take pictures of the accident scene. Include photos of the damage to each car, the license plate of the other driver, and traffic signs.
  • Seek medical attention – Often, injuries are not immediately apparent. Don’t wait, seek medical attention at your local emergency room, or by seeing your family physician right away.
  • Get Legal Help – Most importantly, consult with an auto accident lawyer.

From our families to yours. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving!

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