21 Nov Traveling Safely in the Holiday Season
It’s the most wonderful time of the year—the winter holidays are coming! As much as we love our holiday traditions and time spent with friends and family, getting there safely can take a little extra effort between hazardous road conditions and seasonal stress. Here are Tiger Towing’s tips for safe holiday travels:
Make sure your vehicle’s maintenance is up-to-date.
Before planning a road trip, ensure every part of your vehicle is functioning properly. Check your lights, battery, belts and hoses, get an oil change if needed and refill your antifreeze. Make sure your tires have sufficient tread and are inflated to the manufacturer’s recommended pressure for cold weather, and check the condition of your spare tire as well. Preventative maintenance can help you avoid stressful roadside incidents.
Get plenty of rest before hitting the road.
Especially on longer trips to visit friends and family out of state, it’s vital that drivers are well-rested and not fatigued. A study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers who sleep less than five hours the night before traveling are four to five times more likely to be involved in an accident than drivers who get a full eight hours’ rest. If you’re feeling too drowsy while driving, it’s always worth the cost of a motel room to stop and get some sleep instead of risking falling asleep at the wheel.
Avoid distracted or pressured driving.
Distractions can come in many forms, whether they’re kids in the backseat, smartphones or navigation systems. We all know fall and winter weather can present some unexpected road conditions and traffic can be heavier around holidays. To keep your focus entirely on the road, get everything ready before you leave the driveway. Map your route or start your navigation system, connect your phone to a handsfree system or store it safely away, and remind kids and other passengers not to distract the driver. It’s also helpful to leave slightly ahead of schedule to allow extra time for traveling and reduce the temptation to drive too fast.
Save roadside assistance contact information in case of an emergency.
Even the most careful and prepared of drivers can find themselves involved in an unexpected accident or roadside emergency during holiday travels. Before you hit the road, store Tiger Towing’s number in your phone’s emergency contacts. Whether it’s a lockout, a flat tire, a breakdown or an accident, count on Tiger Towing to be there quickly and assist you safely. We’re on call 24 hours per day, seven days per week to provide prompt and professional roadside service.