The holidays are here again and if you are planning to travel to see friends and family, you are not alone. In fact, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimates that 46 million people will travel 50 miles or more just this Thanksgiving alone. Between the increased traffic and the stress of the holidays, it is a dangerous time to be out on the road. At the Law Offices of Caroline J. Nasseri, we hope that everyone has a happy and safe holiday season, which is why we have compiled a list of four driving tips to help you stay safe.
- Have a designated driver: If you are planning on having a few drinks with friends and family, taking precautions and planning ahead can help everyone to stay safe and on the right side of the law. Drunk driving remains one of the leading causes of car accidents year around and if you are going to be drinking, select a designated driver beforehand. If there is no one available to drive, stay off of the road or consider calling a taxi.
- Stay off your cellphone: During the holidays, it can seem as though everyone is in a rush. When every minute of your day seems to be taken, it can be tempting to save time by making a few calls while you are on the road. Whether you want to update your family on your whereabouts or you want to ask a friend to pick up an extra appetizer, it’s critical to save these conversations for when you are not behind the wheel. Distracted driving can be dangerous, especially with the added traffic around the holidays.
- Rest up before driving: It can be tough to get enough rest around the holidays and if you are not able to get a full night’s sleep before a trip, consider taking a nap before hitting the road. If there is more than one potential driver, make a schedule to distribute the responsibility of driving. Studies have shown that tired or fatigued driving may actually constitute a similar risk to driving while buzzed or drunk.
- Don’t drive angry: It can be frustrating when the poor driving habits of others put you behind schedule, and if your frustration causes you to lose focus on the road, you could be at an increased risk for an accident. Staying calm can help you to get to your destination safely. Additionally, whether you are planning on driving across the country or just over to the next town, it is likely that you will run into the holiday traffic. Giving yourself some extra time to get where you are going can work to reduce the stress of a trip.
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Following the four driving tips listed above can help to keep you and your family safe over the coming weeks. Unfortunately, while you may practice safe driving habits, other motorists may not. If tragedy strikes and you are involved in a car accident over the holidays, get in touch with our firm and tell us about what happened. Our San Jose personal injury attorney has recovered millions of dollars for our clients and can bring more than 25 years of experience to your case.
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