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Traveling During the Holidays

20 Dec Blog | Comments

Traveling during the holidays; I realize this topic has been done before, but I don’t think a yearly reminder can hurt anyone. If nothing else it pulls other tips you have read before and puts them in the forefront of your mind, because traveling during the holidays is tricky business. There are more distractions, so many more. There are more people out on the road. And people always seem to be in a hurry during the holidays.

People talk about watching out for police officers while traveling, especially at peak times, like the holidays. However, there is a truly dangerous threat, especially at peak time, like drunk drivers. Many times people go to holiday parties and have a few drinks, sometimes too many. Those people go out on the road and become dangerous distractions.

Also, during the holidays some people are so focused on what they are doing inside the car, like texting, rather than paying attention to what is going on outside of the car. They are distracted and can veer out of their lane. Or perhaps while looking down at their phone, or changing the channel on the radio and not see the light change, running right through it, causing an accident.

So, we have to be diligent by being defensive drivers even more so during the holiday season. You need to be aware of what is going on around you at all times. You need to know if you are surrounded by cars and where they are located. If you have a car in your blind spot you are best to pull up far enough so you can keep an eye on that car as well. Many distracted people fail to look for the car in their blind spot and move lanes, cutting that person off and possibly creating an accident.

Also, if you are traveling long distances you should always have an emergency kit on hand. Cars get sidelined all the time, due to pot holes or running out of gas. If you are driving through places that are unfamiliar to you, you might not realize the next gas station isn’t for another 50 miles. So, it is always better to be prepared. Having an emergency kit filled with snacks, water, blankets, etc…

Traveling during the holidays is usually to get us to our families or to see friends. Everyone wants to get there safely. The best way to do that is to remember all of your defensive driving skills. There are many hands free devices available for smart phones. Those devices are there to keep us safer.

An even better choice, would be to turn the phone off completely and turn the radio down so you can stay aware of what is going on around you. If everyone makes a conscious effort, especially during the holidays, we can all get where we want to go safely. And really that is what it is all about, getting to our destinations safely.


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