Whether you’re driving the kids to school or going on a week-long road trip with friends, it’s important to keep passengers comfortable and safe, especially during the holidays when it’s more dangerous to be on the roads.
As a car accident attorney, I like to remind people of some safe driving tips this time of the year. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, drivers are more likely to be involved in car accidents near three upcoming holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
1. Ensure your passengers are safe. Obey seatbelt laws, properly restrain children in booster and car seats, bring distractions for kids with toys and games so they don’t distract the driver, and stock up on snacks, water and motion sickness pills on longer trips.
2. Ensure your vehicle is safe. Get an oil change, ensure windshield wipers are working properly, fill washer fluid reservoir, check headlights, keep tires properly inflated and be sure to check that your tire tread depth is safe.
3. Ensure the driver is safe. Don’t drive when you’re tired, and always avoid drunk driving. Position yourself correctly in the seat for optimum control and always pay attention to street signs.