7 Driving Tips To Keep You Safe During The Holidays

November 22nd, 2021 by


During these holiday months, it’s expected that there will be much traveling in the air, and especially on the road. A little planning goes a long way during this time, which is why we’ve compiled a list of tips and tricks for a safe journey.

A Quick Inspection

Before hitting the road, it’s important to perform a quick inspection of the following car elements in order to assess any possible safety issues. These include:

  • Checking tire pressure and tread depth
  • Replacing windshield wiper blades (if necessary)
  • Filling windshield washer fluid reservoir
  • Testing your car battery

Winter Approve Your Safety Kit

Be smart during your holiday drive by bringing the following items in case of an emergency: 

  • Traction mats or sand for slippery or snowy roads; Even cat litter can help
  • Small shovel
  • Gloves, hats, and blankets
  • Flashlights with batteries (make sure they’re new) and warning flares or triangles
  • Disposable rags or paper towels
  • Drinking water and non-perishable snacks
  • Extra pair of warm clothes
  • Basic hand tools
  • Phone chargers

Don’t Travel During Peak Times

According to Google Travel, the day before Thanksgiving, and the Sunday after it is when traffic on the roads becomes the most challenging for travel. Consider rearranging your plans to exploit off-peak times.

Get Some Shut-Eye

This next step is simple but yet so hard as you’re undoubtedly excited to get going on your next adventure, and that’s sleep…

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 60% of Americans have driven while drowsy in the past year, which studies have shown that this affects our driving ability in the same way that driving drunk would; reaction times are affected, as is our concentration.

Therefore, one should get a good night’s rest before jetting off into the sunset.

Stay Focused

Distracted driving can prove to be dangerous during your regular commute, and the fallout is even worse if you have other family members and friends occupying you while on your journey. “Out of sight, out of mind” should be the mentality when it comes to personal devices, instead, have another passenger answer your calls or texts throughout the ride. Set the GPS beforehand, or if your car has it, use the navigation on the infotainment screen.

Other important factors include avoiding eating or drinking, as well as keeping other occupants distracted with something, so they don’t distract you…

Take Frequent Breaks

If you don’t have another person to take turns as the designated chauffeur of the vehicle, then at least try to take a break every two hours or 100 miles. This will help ensure that you stay alert and vigilant enough to handle any expected conditions on the road.

Be Mindful Of Truck Drivers

Oftentimes, drivers of  SUVs can be the source of anger and frustration for not just those in sedans, but drivers of large fleets. While those in large vehicles may feel unstoppable, be aware that you could be a sore thumb for trucks nearby. Either by keeping on your turn signal a bit longer or ensuring the truck is clear of your car before switching lanes, try to make it a priority to signal to the trucker that you’re about to pass by.

Driver’s Auto Mart

We sincerely hope that these tips will help you as you prepare for your ventures during these holiday months, and if you’re looking for a Christmas present for yourself, look no further than Driver’s Auto Mart! At our dealership, we sell a wide range of vehicles from various automakers, body styles, and prices.

Those who are interested in any of our models can simply view our online pre-owned inventory and chat with a representative for further assistance.

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