With Thanksgiving nearly upon us and the rest of the holidays just around the corner, many households are making their travel plans now. This is the perfect time to go over your driving safety habits. The National Safety Council estimates that nearly 100 million Americans hit the road for holiday travel between now and New Years. NCS has released reports stating an average of 28,000 people are injured and hundreds more die every year in holiday travel vehicle collisions.
To ensure you and your family can arrive at your destination safely consider the following tips.
Everyone in the vehicle should always wear his or her seatbelt. Children should always ride in a car seat or booster recommended for their height and weight.
Make sure to keep your vehicle properly maintained. A comprehensive inspection by a trusted, experienced mechanic should be completed before you take a long drive. Also check the air pressure in your tires and windshield wiper fluids, which can help keep your vision clear.
Map your route beforehand rather than relying on instant GPS instructions. Knowing which roads and exits you need in advance is less stressful than waiting for that automated voice to tell you where to turn. Be prepared for a lot of traffic and busy roads. Give yourself plenty of time by leaving early so you aren’t tempted to drive faster than needed or than the posted speed limit.
Also be prepared for bad weather. Have roadside assistance contact information available in the case of an accident. It’s also a good idea to have an emergency kit in the trunk with warm gear, a first aid kit and other disaster equipment.
One of the reasons so many accidents take place during the holidays is intoxicated driving. Be sure to limit your alcohol consumption if you plan on driving anywhere and designate a sober driver.
The holiday season is also a great time to review your auto insurance policy. Knowledgeable, independent agents at Kerxton Insurance are always available to answer any questions you may have, suggest coverage options best suited for you and your family, and even assist you in filing a claim. Our experienced agents are able to find you a variety of quotes from a number of providers, ensuring the policy you choose offers the best coverage at the most affordable rates. Contact us to find out more about keeping you and your family safe this holiday traveling season.