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Traveling During the Holidays

15 Dec Blog | Comments

The holidays are full of many activities. You may have to travel to see your loved ones. You may be attending parties for work. You may also have people coming to see you, which means you have to run to the grocery store to pick up the necessary food. You may be attending holiday concerts. Then there is of course the shopping for all of your loved ones. Some folks take advantage of the time of year and go on vacation.

What do all of those activities have in common? They all require you to get behind the wheel and drive to your destination. Some of those activities will only be a short drive to the local grocery store. Others could require longer drives, especially to go see family or vacation. Those drives can take hours.

No matter how long you are on the road during the holidays it is important to remember to drive even more defensively during this time of year. There are a lot more people on the road, making the odds of getting into an accident even higher. There are also more people drinking alcohol and getting behind the wheel. This again can make the roads more dangerous.

Also, depending on what part of the country you live in, you may encounter major changes in weather. Some parts of the country are dealing with ice and snow, dropping temperatures and/or rain. The weather can be a major factor during the holidays as it can make traveling more dangerous. The weather can also slow down your travels, making it take much longer to get where you are going.

In order to keep you and your family safe you will want to be on the lookout, at all times, for what is going on around you. You should be very aware of what is going on around you and also what is coming up on the road. If there is an accident up the road you will need to watch your speed and watch for stopped traffic.

You will also want to keep an emergency kit in your car. The contents of that emergency kit will vary depending on where you live. If you encounter cold temperatures and ice/snow you will want to keep blankets and extra clothes. All kits should have water, food and flares should you get stranded somewhere.

Traveling during the holidays does not have to be a bad experience. If you are aware of the possible dangers you can be much more prepared. You can have the emergency kit in your car. You can watch out for traffic jams. You can give yourself extra time in case the weather gets bad.

Getting you and your family to and from any and all events during the holidays is much easier to do if you are being a defensive driver. Being a defensive driver can be more challenging during the holidays, there is more traffic, and in general more distractions, which is why it is important pay even more attention than normal.

 

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