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Holiday Driving

16 Jun Blog | Comments

The month of June brings many people closer to summer vacations and the 4th of July. Both are considered Holiday Driving because it means an increase in traffic and law enforcement. It can also mean a whole lot more frustration due to: getting lost, being stuck in traffic, or dealing with your own family members.

Driving during the holidays is supposed to be a time to get away from life’s regular craziness. What many people do not realize is that it brings its own level of craziness.

Summertime means the weather is perfect to fix roads, which brings out those “lovely” orange cones. Those cones lead to less lanes, which leads to backed up traffic, meaning it will take longer for you to get where you are going.

Along with more traffic there will be more law enforcement out to keep people safe. They are there to watch for people driving under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol. They are there to watch for people speeding excessively. So, keep that in mind if you find yourself trying to make up for lost time, due to traffic jams or other issues.

There are other ways to make your trip as easy as possible. One way includes planning ahead. Even if you’re going to use your smart phone to help you with directions it never hurts to map out your trip beforehand. You can go online and use MapQuest or other directional websites. If you’re part of AAA they are more than happy to give you maps.

There are also some great apps out there that can help you find construction areas before you get stuck in them. Those apps can also help you get around construction, especially in areas that you’re unfamiliar with.

You also want to plan out when you’re going to stop. Driving for long distances and for long periods of time is not good for you or your passengers. You will want to stop and take regular breaks for a meal or to sleep. If nothing else you need to stop at a rest area and stretch your legs.

What many people don’t realize is that many accidents are caused from people falling asleep at the wheel. People don’t take the break that they need to and try to push their bodies farther than they should. Traveling during the holidays is stressful enough so pay attention to your body.

It is also important to stay hydrated while traveling. Bringing drinks such as water or Gatorade are a good idea along with having healthy snacks to keep your energy up.

Another thing to keep in mind is that other people on the roads are also stressed out. People are in a hurry and want to get to where they’re going quickly. You also have no idea how much construction they have run into or what other issues they have dealt with. So be aware of the aggressive, angry, road rage driver. The best way to do this is to be a defensive driver. Always know what is going on around you and what is coming up ahead.

Traveling for the holidays should be fun. So take the extra measures to prepare yourself for both the things that you can control and for the unexpected things that are bound to happen.

 

 

 

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