During the holiday season, many Americans embark on long distance journeys to celebrate with family and friends. In fact, the busiest time of year to drive is between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. However, it is also the most dangerous time of year.
So if you and your family plan to drive to a holiday get-together this year, it is imperative to be prepared. Furthermore, practicing safe driving techniques can ensure that you and your family will arrive at your destination safely.
- Keep up with vehicle maintenance. If maintenance is not up-to-date, have your vehicle and tires inspected prior to the long journey.
- Map your route well in advance. In addition, be prepared for busy roads. You can try to leave earlier or later to avoid traffic.
- Hide your valuable belongings. Don’t leave anything of value out in the open to avoid burglary or robbery. Place your valuables in the trunk or a covered storage area.
- Drive slow. Did you know that slowing down about five to 10 MPH can increase your fuel economy by 5% to 10%? Plus, it is safer for you and everyone around you, especially while driving through poor weather conditions.
- Have roadside assistance contact information. Just in case an incident occurs while on the road.
- Avoid using cruise control. Don’t use cruise control when driving in the rain or snow since it can delay your reaction time.
- Drive on the full tank. To prevent the fuel line from freezing, keep your gas tank full. Furthermore, plan fuel stops along the way to avoid driving on an empty tank.