It’s the holiday season and that means holiday driving and holiday traffic. Whether you are driving across town or across the country, it is good to be prepared for your trip. DOC Auto wants to make sure everyone has a safe and happy holiday, so we put together this list of tips.
Before you hit the road, you need to make sure that your vehicle is prepared for winter travel. If you haven’t had an oil change and inspection in while, it is a good idea to swing by DOC Auto to make sure your car is safe and road-ready.
Check the weather and your route for adverse road conditions to make sure you know what to expect. Make sure your car is stocked with car care essentials, flashlights, and an ice scraper if you are traveling to a snowy region.
According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 72,000 crashes were attributed to driver fatigue between 2009 and 2013. It is important to avoid drowsiness in order to keep you and your loved ones safe. Rest up the night before you drive and take frequent breaks to keep you awake and alert behind the wheel.
With all the traffic on the road, it is important to mind your speed and avoid following to close on the roads. Give yourself plenty of time and space and allow extra travel time in case you hit traffic. The last thing you want on the holidays is to be involved in a traffic accident or get a costly speeding ticket.
Practice Defensive Driving
Always expect the people around you to make a mistake and be ready to react safely. If you notice someone holiday driving aggressively slow back and distance yourself. Avoid becoming frustrated with traffic conditions by planning ahead and staying calm.
Do Not Drink and Drive
This goes without saying. If you indulge in cocktails, wine, or Aunt Margaret’s famous eggnog, don’t get behind the wheel. Designate a driver or take advantage of one of the many ride-sharing options available like Uber or Lyft. There is never an excuse to drive impaired.
Don’t Drive Distracted
Put your phone down. When you first get in the car, turn on your favorite driving playlist, make sure the kids are stocked up with things to keep them busy and relax.
This is the busiest travel time of the year. Stay safe on the roads and have a happy holiday season. Before you hit the road come by DOC Auto in Fredericksburg, VA, for an inspection.