For most days of the year, you likely stay in your home state and do little traveling unless it is for vacation. With the holiday season here, you may have plans to come to Florida or leave the state to see family or friends for the holidays. You may look forward to the trip, but you may also worry about the amount of time you will spend in the car.
Road trips are common during the holidays because many people live considerable distances from their family members. You may not need to book a flight for your holiday plans, but you still need to make the right preparations for being on the road during this busy time of year.
Holiday driving safety
While you may look forward to seeing your out-of-state relatives, you certainly want to arrive safely. When getting ready to make your trip, you may want to keep the following tips in mind:
- Get enough rest before you head out on the road to avoid drowsy driving. If you have a considerably long distance to travel, take turns driving with another adult if possible.
- Make sure your vehicle is well maintained and ready for a long-distance trip. You do not want a sudden problem with your vehicle to cause a delay in your travel or, worse, cause an accident.
- Avoid distractions while driving. You may rely on your GPS to help you get to your destination, but you should let a passenger adjust the settings if necessary so that you can keep your mind on driving.
- Follow the speed limit. You may get on the road late or just feel excited to see your family, but it is important that you do not speed in efforts to get to your destination more quickly.
- Stay defensive while on the road. You can control your actions behind the wheel, but you cannot control those of other drivers.
Holiday travel has its pros and cons, and unfortunately, it is easy to wind up in a serious accident this time of year. If you or a loved one suffers serious injuries in a car accident this holiday season, you could have a reason to look into your legal options for filing a personal injury claim in an attempt to recover compensation for damages caused by another driver.