Do you know that over 37,000 people living in the United States lost their lives in 2017 in auto accidents? Car crashes are one of the number one ways that those age one to 54 die every year.
This holiday season, you want to do all that you can to ensure that you or your family members don’t become a statistic. This is especially true for those driving long distances to visit family and friends. But you can wind up involved in a serious auto accident simply driving across town.
Below are some tips for staying safer during your holiday travels.
Only drive sober
Don’t get behind the wheel of your vehicle after drinking alcohol or taking any drugs (even legally prescribed or over-the-counter (OTC) medications that alter your perceptions). Also, never ride with a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs. There are plenty of options to avoid this:
- Order a Lyft or Uber
- Ask a sober friend for a ride
- Spend the night where you are
Eliminate driving distractions
From cellphones to cranky kids bickering in the backseat, there are all sorts of things that can distract your attentio from the road ahead. Cut out these distractions by using an app to halt your texts and calls while driving. If you need to arbitrate a backseat dispute, pull over and stop.
Be proactive about the weather
The weather conditions along your route and at your destination can be very different from the weather here in Lexington — especially if you are headed for points north. Check the conditions before leaving and every time you stop for gas or restrooms and adjust your plan accordingly.
If you wind up injured in a car accident, take steps to preserve your right to pursue compensation for your losses and damages.