If you’re considering traveling this winter, you must take steps to prevent a car accident. Experts at AAA predict that road trips will account for 96% of year-end holiday travel. Congested highways and winter weather conditions could make driving more dangerous than usual.
Infographic with tips for avoiding Christmastime car accidentsThe following measures can help you reduce your risk:
- Plan ahead: Start your trip on the right foot. Make sure that your car is ready to handle winter weather conditions if you’re headed out of state. Check to see if there are any travel restrictions in place on your route. And keep your car stocked with supplies such as blankets and a roadside emergency kit.
- Beware drunk drivers: Drunk driving is more prevalent during the holidays. There were 285 drunk-driving-related fatalities over the New Year’s and Christmas periods in 2018, according to NHTSA.
- Wear your seat belt: Buckling up is the best thing that you and your passengers can do to safe. Set belt use saves thousands of lives each year. Not wearing, or improperly wearing, a seat belt puts you at risk in a crash.