Driving Safely this Holiday Season

Like it or not, the holiday season is upon us. With that means more errands to run, more things to plan, more items to check off your list and more driving around. And that doesn’t even include if you are traveling away from home to celebrate the holiday.

 

This article has a lot of safety tips (including on how to shop safely), but we’ll focus on driving safely.

  • Do not drink and drive and do not allow someone else to drink and drive.”
  • Always wear a seatbelt and make sure children are buckled into their restraints properly and appropriately by their size.
  • I LOVE this one because there is nothing more annoying or possibly dangerous then driving around not knowing where you are: “Know where you are going and how to get there and back. Obtain or download a map. Carry a GPS. Check for construction detours. For longer trips, obtain a weather forecast.”
  • Always tell someone where you will be and when you expect to return. This one makes me think of the many tragic winter-time stories I’ve heard on the news where someone or a family decides to go out for a drive and something goes wrong, but no one knows where they are. This dangerous scenarios can easily be prevented.
  • If you have a cell phone, take it with you when you travel. This one seems pretty easy to accomplish seeing as most people have to walk around with their cell phone in their pocket.
  • Keep doors locked while driving and have at least half a tank of gas. Also, make sure your car is in good condition or get it checked out before you go on trip of any good distance.
  • “Devote your full attention to driving.” With all of the holiday parties, gift buying, trips to the grocery store, and everything else, this may be the hardest to do, but it is the most important.

 

For more safety tips (some really good ones I had never heard before), check out the article below!

 

http://www2.hernandotoday.com/news/hernando-news/2012/nov/18/haobito1-tips-on-staying-safe-during-all-the-holid-ar-568600/

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