How To Safely Drive During The Busiest Travel Days Of the Year
The AAA reports that traffic increased by 54 percent during Thanksgiving week in 2016, making these days some of the busiest travel days of the year. If you decide to hit the road during high-traffic days, consider six safe driving tips.
- Plan Your Route
Before you travel, plan your route and detour around busy roads and heavy traffic. Also, update your GPS, so you can improvise an alternative route if necessary.
- Allow Extra Travel Time
Numerous vehicles on the roads and potential bad weather can increase your travel time. Build a cushion into your schedule, to avoid speeding and maintain safe driving.
- Tune Your Car
Road safety starts with a tuned vehicle. Check the brakes, fill the fluids, inspect the tires and top off the gas tank as you prep your vehicle for safe holiday travel.
- Limit Distractions
When you’re focused on the road, you’re more likely to spot potential hazards and remain safe. Turn off your cellphone and ask your passengers to keep the volume down as you limit distractions.
- Avoid Aggressive Driving
Practice safe driving techniques as you limit accident risks.
- Don’t speed.
- Maintain a three-second following distance behind other vehicles.
- Use your turn signal.
- Focus on the road.
- Yield when possible.
- Plan Pit Stops
The monotony of driving, lack of sleep and other factors can make you feel drowsy and cause you to experience impairment similar to legal intoxication reports the National Sleep Foundation. At least every two hours, stop for an ice water, short nap or a quick walk as you recharge and stay alert.
These six safe driving tips can protect you on the road. However, accidents do happen. Contact Zanes Law at (844) 926-3752 if you suffer an injury and need professional assistance during busy travel days.
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