The holidays are exciting! We get to spend time with our loved ones and make memories that last a lifetime. If travel is involved in your holiday plans, however, it can be dangerous. Unfortunately, the poor weather conditions paired with reckless drivers who speed, run red lights, and change lanes abruptly often lead to accidents.
These holiday traveling safety tips can help reduce your risk of crashes and keep you, as well as other motorists, safe all season long. If you’ve been injured in a car accident that was not your fault, consult our experienced Wisconsin car accident lawyers at Studinski Law, LLC. We can inform you of your legal options and ensure your rights are protected. Contact us at (715) 343-2850 today.
How to Stay Safe During Holiday Travel
By following these tips, you can increase your chances of getting to your holiday destination safely.
One of the most common factors in car crashes is speeding. During the holiday season, drivers may speed because they are in a hurry to get to their holiday celebration. They may have left later than anticipated and then encountered heavy traffic or adverse weather. If possible, leave early so that you’re not tempted to speed or engage in other dangerous driving behaviors. This allows you time to get to your destination even if unexpected obstacles interfere with your trip.
If you’re traveling far, you may get bored of driving and take risks such as checking your social media, eating, drinking, or fumbling with your radio controls. These activities can take your hands of the steering wheel and take your attention away from the road. To stay alert at all times, refrain from distracted driving, take frequent breaks, and allow other drivers to take over when you find yourself zoning out. Set your GPS before you begin your trip, and if you have passengers, have them look up any necessary information rather than trying to do it yourself on the road.
Inspect Your Car
Picture this: You’re on your way to a holiday gathering and find out that your windshield wipers are malfunctioning. It starts to snow and you don’t know what to do. To avoid dangerous situations like this, take your car to a trustworthy mechanic before you begin your holiday travel. They can ensure your brakes, wipers, engine, and other vehicle components are in good working order.
Don’t Forget Your Phone Charger
While you don’t want to use your phone charger while driving, it is important to bring it with you so that you can use your phone and call for help in the event of an emergency. If you have Bluetooth capability in your car, activate it before you hit the road so that you can make calls hands-free.
Pack an Emergency Kit
There are certain items you’ll want to have on hand in case an emergency strikes. Before your trip, pack an emergency kit with a shovel, blankets, jumper cable, first aid kit, flashlights, extra cold weather clothing, food, and water.
Use a GPS App
A GPS app can help you get to your destination as soon as possible. Even if you know where you’re going, it’s a great resource because it can give you road condition details, real-time traffic updates, accident warnings, and more. Best of all, they are easy to download and often free to use.
Injured in a Holiday Car Accident? Contact Studinski Law, LLC
If you’ve been hurt in a holiday car accident, it is in your best interest to reach out to Studinski Law, LLC. You can count on our firm to help you determine liability and recover the fair and full compensation you may be entitled to. Call us at (715) 343-2850E today or use our online contact form.