Here are some things to keep in mind if you will be traveling this holiday season to visit family and friends.
Because of increased traffic on the roads during the holidays, the risk of getting into an auto accident also increases. If you are going to be traveling, take these steps to stay safe.
Plan Your Route
Before you set out on a trip, make sure you plan properly. Getting lost creates stress and frustration, leading to driver errors. You may encounter congested traffic and aggressive drivers. Check out the driving conditions, weather, roadwork and other obstructions on the road. Also, plan for an alternate route that you may take in the event of an emergency.
Use Public Transportation
Consider taking a bus or train to avoid driving. If you decide to drive, share the road trip with a companion to help you with driving or other tasks such as reading a map when needed.
Schedule Your Trip
Get plenty of rest the day before you leave. Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination safely and include regular breaks and rest periods.
Winterize Your Car
If you will be driving in snow, ice, or other bad weather conditions, be prepared with anti-freeze, winter tires, and special windshield wiper fluid for freezing temperatures.
Pack water, a first aid kit. and some snacks. Keep your insurance information and contact information handy. Carry a pair of sunglasses to reduce glare.
Minimize Driving Risks
Do not drink and drive. Avoid using mobile devices or other electronic gadgets while driving.
St. Louis Auto Accident Attorney
These tips can help you stay safe while traveling, but there are other drivers on the road that may not be as careful as you. If you get injured in an auto accident caused by another driver’s fault, consult with a St. Louis auto accident lawyer to learn about your legal options. Call The Hoffmann Law Firm, L.L.C. at (314) 361-4242.