According to the CDC, motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for people aged 1-54. We know that during the holidays, the last thing you want to think about is auto accidents. And our Utah car accident law firm doesn’t want to dampen your holiday enjoyment – but we do want to keep our clients and their loved ones safe. We are sharing these holiday safe driving tips to provide a helpful reminder on how you can protect yourself while on the road.
Driving During the Holidays – Tips for Safe Driving
1. Never drive while you are impaired by alcohol or drugs.
There are few times a year where you want to celebrate more than you do during the holidays. Whatever holidays you and your family observe, if you are like most people there will be alcohol involved. Unfortunately, when you combine alcohol with driving it can be deadly. The problem becomes worse when a lot of other people are doing the same thing – which is one reason why holiday driving can be so dangerous.
You have more options than ever before to get a ride, so please take advantage of them. Whether you have a designated driver, get a taxi, an Uber or Lyft, or some other option, avoid driving while intoxicated to protect yourself and others.
2. Avoid distracted driving – especially texting while driving.
Many people spend more time texting and talking during the holidays than they do at any other time of the year. It feels good to connect with others and share the spirit of the season. However, you absolutely should avoid texting while you are behind the wheel. Taking your eyes off of the road for 5 seconds at 55 miles per hour is approximately the same as closing your eyes and driving the length of a football field.
3. Be prepared for the weather.
Road conditions can change fast in the winter, particularly if you are driving anywhere in Utah. One of the keys to safe driving during this time of year is being prepared for those sudden changes. Make sure your vehicle has proper tires and you have chains if you think you might need them. Also, keep an emergency kit in your car in case you become stranded. Having food, water, warm clothing and blankets can literally mean the difference between life and death.
4. Be extra careful and drive defensively.
There is no telling who you will encounter on the road during the holidays. Drive defensively because other drivers can cause an accident even if you are doing everything right.
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