The holidays are upon us, which often means a lot of time on the road for last-minute shopping runs or family visits. However, no one wants the joyful season to be disrupted by a car accident. While you can’t control the behaviors of others on the road, you can take a few steps to ensure your driving is as safe as possible.
How to Prevent a Car Accident This Winter
1. Never Drink & Drive
If you choose to drink alcohol at a holiday party, make sure you have a designated driver to get you home. Alcohol consumption slows your reaction time and inhibits judgment, which can increase your risk of a car accident. Drunk driving charges can also have serious legal consequences, including the suspension of your license.
2. Eliminate Distractions
Changing the radio station to hear your favorite holiday song or texting your loved one that you're on your way may seem like a momentary distraction. However, these actions can lead to an accident. Keep your eyes and attention on the road at all times.
3. Increase Following Distance in Bad Weather
Snow or ice can make roadways especially treacherous, and these conditions will often increase your stopping time. Whenever winter weather strikes, reduce your speed and increase your following distance. This will give you more time to react to changing traffic conditions.
4. Don’t Drive While Tired
The busy and sometimes stressful nature of the holidays can leave you fatigued. However, drowsy driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. If you're feeling too tired to drive safely, give the keys to someone else or stay the night with a loved one.
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