Drivers Adjusting During the Holiday Season
Some metro area drivers who use the roads might find it more stressful to make it to all their holiday-related festivities. With traffic, road closures, and more people traveling on the roads, transportation officials advise drivers to make some adjustments to their regular routines.
So many people strive to visit their loved ones during the holidays, and the National Highway Safety Administration estimates that over 50,000,000 Americans will be traveling 50 miles or more. As highways fill up with more vehicles, drivers should remain more alert than ever. Provide extra distance between you and the vehicle in front of you, prepare yourself for the likelihood of traffic before you depart to help keep anger and frustration at bay, and if you are traveling for many hours at a time, find ways you can break up the trip to keep your spirits lively.
What Can You Do?
The following important safety tips and suggestions will help make the season safer and less stressful for everyone:
Put away distractions. Whether you're driving or operating a vehicle, it's always best to be alert and pay full attention to what's happening around you.
Pay attention to the road.
Drive the posted speed limit.
Leave early enough to allow yourself enough time to get where you're going.
Never drive drowsy.
Don't drink and drive.
Wear your seat belt.
Give your full attention to driving. Don't allow yourself to be distracted.
Keep your hands on the steering wheel at all times.
Do not text and drive. Texting while driving increases the chance of a crash by 43%.
Adjusting Your Route
Remember, it is usually best to leave early. If possible, try to start your trip early in the morning to avoid the rush hour congestion. If your trip takes you across several congested highways, consider choosing a different route to minimize your time in the commute. By leaving earlier than you initially thought you would, it gives you plenty of buffer room to make it to your destination, and can help ease tensions should you run into some horrible traffic conditions.
Weather can also affect how you navigate during a busy commute. If the conditions on your route are dangerous, consider rerouting. Always let your loved ones know where you will be traveling and when.
There are different weather conditions that can impact driving, and they can create complications. But by understanding them and making adjustments, you can make driving more enjoyable and safer for everyone.
We Want to Help
Although the thought of taking legal action against a trucking company might seem off-putting, putting your health and safety at the forefront can help you recover damages for the accident caused by another. When deciding to pursue a truck accident claim, it's crucial to work with an attorney who has a history of success in this field.
That's why you should consider calling Katz Law. Lead attorney, Brian Katz, has been in practice for nearly a quarter of a century and has recovered over $30 million in damages for clients. Don't settle for less than you deserve.