Christmas and Hanukkah are nearly here, which means that people all over the country are packing up the car and getting ready to travel to spend the holidays with family and friends. While this is a festive time of the year that is full of celebration and fun, it is also a time of the year when accidents are prone to happen. With more traffic on the road and an increase in distracted, fatigued, and intoxicated drivers, preventable car accidents tend to spike during the holiday season.
Handler, Henning & Rosenberg LLP cares about your safety and urges you to exercise extra caution on the road. Here’s what you can do to help you reach your destination safely:
- Check your vehicle. Many holiday auto accidents result from preventable maintenance failures. Before you embark on your trip, make sure that your car is in good working order by checking the tires, brakes, windshield wipers and fluid, headlights and taillights, engine, and steering system.
- Be patient. Traffic can make even the most patient driver anxious to reach their destination. While it can be tempting to drive more aggressively than you normally would, resist the urge to speed, make unsafe lane changes, tailgate, or engage in any other unsafe driving behaviors. You won’t reach your destination any faster and you will only be putting yourself and others in harm’s way.
- Familiarize yourself with your route. If your holiday travels are taking you to unfamiliar territory, chances are that you will need to rely on your smartphone or GPS device to get you to your destination. Before you leave, take time to familiarize yourself with your route so that you don’t need to rely solely on looking at your device while you drive. If you get lost, make sure you pull over so that you can look at the map safely and avoid losing your focus.
- Don’t drink and drive. Drunk driving accidents dramatically increase between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day as people celebrate the holidays with alcohol. If you plan on consuming alcohol at holiday parties, make sure you designate a driver or make alternate arrangements in order to avoid getting behind the wheel. Don’t become a statistic!
No one wants their holiday ruined by a car accident. By following these tips, you can do your part to ensure that you and your fellow drivers reach their destinations safely.
From our family to yours, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season and send best wishes for a prosperous 2017
If you have been injured in an auto accident caused by a careless driver, you may be entitled to compensation. To consult with a Pennsylvania personal injury attorney at our firm, please call (888) 498-3023 or fill out a free online contact form.