Millions of people travel for the holidays. If you’re making a road trip for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or any other reason this season, take some time to make sure you stay safe while you’re away from home.
Get Your Car Serviced Before You Travel
Getting stuck on the side of the road during the colder months is not only inconvenient but hazardous in certain weather conditions. Let your mechanic give your car a once-over before you leave for peace of mind. Keep an emergency kit in your car, too. A first-aid kit, extra water, blankets and tools, such as a carjack and jumper cables can help you if you get stranded.
Know What Weather Conditions You’ll Face
If you’re traveling to a location that could get snow and ice, make sure you remember how to drive in slick conditions. You may need to invest in snow tires or chains, depending on where you’re going. Plan for extra travel time, so you aren’t stressed when you can’t leave as early as planned because the roads are icy.
Know Your Route
You may have a GPS and other electronic tools, but it’s always a good idea to make sure you have directions written down so you’re not dependent on your devices. If any area is under construction, have an alternate route, just in case. Pack an extra charger to make sure your cell phone is available.
Make Frequent Stops
Driving is tiring. Driving in the winter can even be more tiring. You need to break every two to three hours to stretch your legs and get a breath of fresh air. A 15-minute break can help reduce boredom and fatigue, helping you stay alert to get to your destination safely.
Many people don’t think about getting dehydrated in the cooler months, but you still need to drink water while you’re on the road. When you’re dehydrated, it can make you sleepy or have a lack of energy. Staying hydrated keeps you more alert when you’re driving.
Wash Your Hands Often
No one wants to get sick on vacation. One of the best ways to prevent illness is to wash your hands frequently or use sanitizer to stop spreading germs. Follow all local recommendations from the health department.
If you do get injured on vacation, whether you’re in an accident or have a slip and fall, contact a wrongful death attorney like the wrongful death lawyers, like those at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, to learn more.