The holidays are a time for rest, happiness, gratitude, and quality time with loved ones. Being safe on and off the road is an important thing to keep in mind in the midst of all your festivities. Here are some tips to keep in mind for safe driving during the holidays:
Driving Under the Influence
With all the holiday parties, people will likely be drinking, and although it’s not a good idea, some individuals will get behind the wheel under the influence.
If you find yourself in this position, consider asking a friend for a ride or ditching your car for a ride-share service to get you home safely. And if you’re just driving around at night, be aware of drivers that might not be the most attentive / alert. Leave extra space between yourself and others, and always keep an eye out for any suspicious behavior.
If you spot dangerous driving, make sure to report it – you’ll keep the driver and others safe in the process!
Dangerous Road Conditions
With the start of winter just around the corner, road conditions are going to become a lot more dangerous – it’s important to know what to look out for and when to be careful.
Rain: Immediately after rain begins is the most dangerous time to be on the road, as the water breaks up the oil & tire residue, creating slippery conditions. Then, during the actual rain, maintain smooth subtle movements to avoid hydroplaning or splashing water onto other drivers’ windows. Also be sure to leave extra space between yourself and the car in front of you to increase visibility and decrease the chances of a collision.
Snow: In cooler regions, snow is what you need to look out for during the winter time. Make sure your tires are equipped for the conditions – either with special snow-tires or chains to keep you safe. And of course, don’t forget about the dangers of black ice – although you don’t see it, you need to be aware of it. If you do happen to hit black ice, remember the same conditions for hydroplaning: DO NOT make any sudden movements and DO NOT slam on the breaks. Simply steer your car towards an empty direction to avoid collision with other drivers or barriers.
With so many people traveling over the holidays, drivers will not be as accustomed to the routes and directions of your hometown. They may speed in lower limit areas or make sudden shifts simply following navigation directions. Be aware of these individuals by heightening your awareness of your surroundings during this time.
During this time of cheer, people may not be as focused on the task of driving, making the road a more dangerous place for all. People will be driving with family, blasting holiday music, or checking out holiday decorations, so be courteous and extra cautious while driving. Also look out for an increase of pedestrians – and remember they always have the right of way!
Now that you have this list to look back on, you should be ready for the road with safety in mind. But as always, we want you to be extra prepared – so make sure to keep your resqme® within reach at all times. If you find yourself or others in a dangerous emergency, you’ll be able to cut through a jammed seatbelt and shatter tempered glass windows in seconds!