The holiday season is a festive time for family visits and togetherness. With time off and the desire to see family, many people will travel over the holiday season, driving home to see their families or heading out on ski trips or other vacations.
Over the holidays, many people also go out more to parties and celebrations. With all of these extra drivers on the road, the risk of car accidents increases each year during the holiday season. Compounding the problem is the fact that there may also be bad weather and more drunk drivers on the road, making driving even more dangerous. Finally, there is also the chance that people may try to target holiday drivers to steal from them or commit other crimes.
Our Charlotte injury attorneys want to help you stay safe this holiday season. We urge all drivers to be very careful on the roads and to follow tips provided by law enforcement for avoiding accidents or other harm.
Safe Driving Tips For the Holidays
Whenever you drive over the holiday season, it is important to keep safety in mind and to make smart choices to minimize your risk of harm. There are two primary concerns over the winter season- the increased risk of auto accidents and the increased risk of becoming a victim of a crime.
The Fayetteville, North Carolina police department has compiled a brief list of holiday safe driving tips that everyone should think about following. These tips are included as part of the Department’s general holiday safety tips and are found both on the department’s Facebook page as well as in the Fort Bragg Patch. The safe driving tips from the Fayetteville North Carolina police department focus on avoiding becoming the victim of a crime while driving and include the following:
- Make sure you are driving a vehicle that is in good working condition and that has enough gas in it. This will help you to avoid being caught in a snowstorm or suffering a breakdown during bad weather.
- Keep the doors and windows of your car locked and keep your car in gear.
- Stay alert, and driving to a safe location like a police department if you fear you are being followed.
These tips can help you to avoid becoming victimized by someone who wants to steal from you or cause you harm over the holidays. It is also important that you make safe driving choices to avoid the increased risk of a holiday crash. There are a few specific safe driving tips to follow to minimize this risk and the North Carolina state highway patrol has provided a list. These include:
- Driving within the speed limit, and making sure you leave early if you need to so you can arrive at your destination on time without feeling rushed to arrive.
- Wearing your seat belt every time you are driving.
- Taking a break if you start to feel tired, especially when driving long distances. Evidence indicates that drowsy driving may be just as risky as driving while under the influence of alcohol of drugs.
- Avoiding tailgating. Following other drivers too closely makes it harder for you to stop and increases the chance of a crash.
By avoiding these unsafe driving behaviors, you can reduce the chance of falling victim to a crash. Of course, you cannot control the behavior of others and if someone else is negligent or careless, an accident can happen anyway no matter how careful you are.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a car accident, contact the Carolina injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965. Serving all of the Carolinas, including Winston-Salem, Charlotte and North Wilkesboro.
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