This yuletide season, many drivers are already expected to brave the roads. AAA predicts that approximately one-third of Americans, or 94 million people, will travel more than 50 miles between Saturday and New Year’s. More than 90% of these people will be driving. If you’re one of them, consider following these safety driving tips:
1. Plan in advance — scheduling your trip beforehand will help you avoid worst peak traffic periods. It is also advisable to identify the safest routes. Roadside hazards like ditches, trees and narrow shoulders can increase risks while travelling. Intersections can be hazardous as well as busy roads without a median barrier. Being armed with such information can make you adjust your driving to different situations and take extra care on higher risk rural roads.
2. Make sure that your vehicle is safe before hitting the road. Check your vehicle, including brakes, tire tread and pressure as well as power steering fluid, coolant and lights. Also, when packing your vehicle, make certain that everything is securely stowed. Sometimes, even small objects can become perilous missiles in the event of a sudden stop or crash.
3. Seat belts save lives so buckle up and use correctly fitted child restraints. The most significant thing that you can do to improve your level of safety while driving is by making sure that you and everyone in your car are wearing seat belts. Additionally, properly using and fitting child restraints, child safety harnesses or booster seats can significantly reduce the risk of serious injury or death.
4. You must drive to the conditions. Conditions refer to the weather, the road you are on, traffic conditions, your vehicle and load,speed, and you.
5. Keep your cool and always remember that you are sharing the road. Traffic volumes increase during the holidays and can be really frustrating, but still, you have to be patient. Don’t be provoked by other drivers’ aggressive behavior. You will be sharing the road with other vehicles as well as pedestrians so you have to be careful to avoid triggering a crash.
There are lots of things that we can do to avoid accidents. But if you’re unfortunate enough to become a victim of a crash, contact Auger & Auger for a free consultation. We may be able to help you.