STEPHEN F. ALLEN, P.C.
ATTORNEY'S & COUNSELLORS AT LAW
|Safe Driving During Winter Months
SAFETY & DRIVING TIPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS
The Holiday Season can be stressful whether you are traveling a long distance out of town or your staying home in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area. Our safety tips are really important all year long, but especially during this time of year when there are lots of people on the highways and everyone seems to be in a rush.
Give yourself some Extra Time
The key to getting through all the stress of driving and shopping is to give yourself some extra time.
If you driving to get to the a shopping mall, plan ahead as the traffic will be heavier and the parking lot more crowded. If you are leaving for a long visit away during the holidays, plan ahead, pack your patience and the stress will be much less and the driver will be more relaxed.
If you are going out of town it’s better to plan in some extra time on the road and to take some breaks to let everyone relax and enjoy the trip.
Use Your Defensive Driving Skills
Safe driving is important all year, but especially during the Holiday Season. Defensive driving skills will keep you safe including careful observation of what other drivers around you are doing. It’s important to use extra care during the holiday season since alcohol use generally increases during this time due to frequent social gatherings, which means the number of impaired drivers also increases. Give yourself extra room when turning or merging, and if you suspect drunk driving, report it to the police as soon as possible.
Shopping for that Christmas Tree
Shopping for that Christmas Tree can be lots of fun for the whole family and dangerous for the people in cars behind you. Plan ahead… bring some extra rope to ensure your tree is very securely attached to your vehicle’s roof. Highway speeds can loosen knots and ropes, putting other driver’s at risk if extra care isn’t used to make sure the ropes good and tight. And if you have any doubt about whether or not you can safely transport a tree using your vehicle, don’t. It’s better to ask a friend with a truck or other larger vehicle than to take a chance that could cause a serious accident.
Make Sure Your Car Gets a Check-up
Winter driving is always harder on your vehicle so it is especially important during the Holidays to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape for long driving trips and short ones, too, around town.
- Check and adjust the pressure on your tires if necessary. Be sure you have enough tire tread to safely grip the road; replacing old tires is a lot less expensive than accident damage. Don’t forget to check and maintain your spare as well.
- Top off all vehicle fluids. Windshield cleaner can literally be a lifesaver during the winter months with the extra salt and grime on the roadways.
- Make sure your brakes are performing properly.
- Stay up to date with oil changes to prevent engine problems
Have a safe and Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
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