Many Texans will travel to distant cities or states during the holiday season to visit
loved ones. According to statistics, personal vehicles are used for the most part when traveling during the holidays. While heavy traffic can be dangerous alone, there are many risks and factors that when combined, can increase the chances of being involved in a car accident.
Weather conditions can make your holiday travel hectic and stressful. Make sure you allow ample time for travel and keep an eye out for bad weather conditions. Also, make sure that your vehicle is well maintained before hitting the road. Routine maintenance on your vehicle can help avoid a car accident.
Avoid aggressive drivers. We all know that the holiday season can be stressful. This can lead to frustrated, aggressive drivers, which can cause car accidents. Avoid being involved in a car accident with one by staying calm and staying back. Be tolerant and forgiving and do not respond to insults, gestures, or rude behavior. Do not try to teach someone a “lesson” by engaging in road rage. A moment of rage is not worth anyone’s life.
Keep an eye out for drunk drivers. If you spot irresponsible behavior such as swerving, sudden change of velocity, sudden stopping, or inability to stay on one lane, stay back. You could help avoid a car accident and in a lot of cases, save lives by pulling over to the side and contacting law enforcement if you think someone may be drinking and driving.
Stay alert, stay awake, and stay off your phone! Checking e-mail, texting, or using social media while driving is highly unsafe. Avoid a car accident by putting your cell phone or other electronic devices away. Stay alert, although you may have put your phone away, others may still be driving irresponsibly. You may still be able to avoid a collision if you stay alert and pay attention to the road. If you use navigation while driving, enter driving directions beforehand to avoid the need to look up directions while driving. If you have a passenger, ask them to help you navigate. Also, make sure you are well rested before driving. When driving long distances, it is recommended that you take breaks and stop at rest stops as needed.
Please remember to stay safe during the holiday season. Take all precautions necessary to have a safe trip. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is involved in a car accident caused by another motorist’s careless driving; contact a personal injury lawyer immediately.
R.E. López & Associates, P.C.