You may be someone who enjoys traveling by car. Rather than booking a plane ticket or another form of transportation, you like to get behind the wheel and get to your destination on your own terms. In fact, you may plan to drive to multiple destinations this holiday season in order to see friends and family and to run holiday-related errands.
If you are planning on hitting the road for Christmas or other holiday matters, you are not alone. Roadway traffic often sees an increase during the holidays, which means that your chance of being involved in a car accident also increases. Because you undoubtedly do not want anything to increase that chance further, you focus on travel safety.
How can you decrease your chances of an accident?
If you want to make a conscious effort to decrease your chances of a car accident this holiday season, you should already feel accomplished. Far too many people hit the road without taking proper precautions, and many accidents happen as a result. If you want to keep safety a top priority, consider the following tips:
- Pay attention to the actions of other drivers. Many people consume more alcohol than usual during the holidays, and you may be more likely to come across a drunk driver while on the roads.
- Perform routine vehicle maintenance. Checking your tires, topping off engine fluids, having your oil changed, getting new windshield wipers and a number of other maintenance-related tasks could help you avoid vehicle problems that could cause an inconvenience at best and an accident at worst.
- Head out earlier than strictly necessary. Though you certainly know how long it takes to reach your destination, you may want to give yourself extra time to account for traffic and other delays. You want to give yourself a greater chance of staying relaxed behind the wheel rather than feeling anxious and rushed.
These examples are only a few safety tips that could help you during your holiday travels. Of course, you may want to remember that you cannot predict what other drivers will do, and despite your best safety efforts, a serious accident could still take place. If you suffer injuries in a crash caused by another driver, you may want to consider your legal options for seeking compensation for damages allowable under Maryland law.