With the holidays fast approaching, traffic on the roadways is set to increase as more and more people are out on the roads preparing for the festivities, shopping, dining out, and visiting friends and family. Unfortunately, the extra traffic also means longer travel times, often leaving drivers frustrated and impatient. Reinforcing safe driving tips will not only help you avoid issues with other drivers on the road; it can also help you prepare and handle the unpredictable fall weather. The experts at Citywide Towing Service have prepared a list of safe driving tips to help keep you and your family safe this holiday season.
Tips for Driving Safely During the Holidays
No matter how careful you are, it’s all too easy to become distracted when driving. Focusing on the driver in front of you is extremely important, especially when driving in close proximity when the driver in front of you can put on the brakes at any given moment, giving you only seconds to respond and avoid an accident. Along with sudden stops, some of the other most common causes of accidents include:
• Driving in Ice & Snow: When driving in the winter months, there is a good chance that you will be faced with slick roadways. Dallas doesn’t get much snow but states to the North do. When driving on ice and snow, remain calm, don’t exceed the speed limit, and grip the steering wheel firmly, leaving plenty of room between you and the driver in front of you. If your tires lose their grip and begin to slide, remember to take your foot off the gas and steer into the skid.
• Flat Tires: Tires that are worn can lose tire pressure or, even worse, get punctured and cause a blowout. Accidents can happen quickly when you least expect them, and it’s essential to remain vigilant and maintain your vehicle. If you experience a flat tire, grip the wheel firmly, turn on your hazard lights, and move to the side of the road.
How to Avoid a Car Accident During the Holiday Season
From busy work schedules, holiday shopping, and preparing for guests, rushed drivers seem to triple during the holidays. Rushed drivers are easily identified by their perchance for changing lanes without using their turn signals, speeding, and often failing to yield correctly. The best way to avoid contact with rushed drivers is to stay in your lane, use turn signals, leaving plenty of room between you and the driver In front of you, and allowing extra time to reach your final destination. If you find yourself in a position where someone is tailgating you, signal your intent, and move out of the way to allow them to pass.
What to do After a Car Accident
If you are experiencing problems with your vehicle or are involved in an accident, it’s essential to be as prepared as possible. Consider keeping some emergency items in your car, including blankets, bottled water, jumper cables, flares, and a first aid kit. If you are experiencing a flat tire or mechanical issues, pull over and turn on your hazard lights. Check your surroundings and make sure you and your passengers are safe before exiting the car. Call your family to keep them appraised of what happened and where you are. Contact your Citywide towing professional for immediate assistance.