Driving during the holidays comes with its own set of unique challenges. There are more numbers of motorists on the road, many of who are speeding, or driving under the influence of alcohol. There is also more traveling as preparations for Christmas get underway, and also more numbers of teenage drivers on the road, as schools begin to break for winter.
Obviously, these are stressful conditions for any motorist, and your normal driving strategies that are employed during the rest of the year, must be modified to suit these changed conditions. A smart and responsible driver always drives according to traffic and weather conditions, and those conditions are likely to change significantly over the next couple of weeks.
First and foremost, drive at safe speeds. With more numbers of motorists on the road, you cannot afford to drive at excessive speeds. Look out for drivers who are speeding, and erratic motorists who are driving aggressively. If you spot motorists like this, call 911 immediately.
Also, look out for drivers who may be under the influence of alcohol. Typically, these drivers will be driving erratically, weaving in between lanes, or speeding. Call 911 when you see a drunk driver.
Drink safely and responsibly this holiday season. It’s important to understand that the Christmas holiday celebrations are heavy on alcohol, not just in the form of wine with your meal and pre-dinner cocktails, but also traditional eggnog and spiked ciders. It’s easy to lose sight of the fact that you will end up possibly consuming more alcohol than is safe over a single day.
Subject your vehicle to a complete vehicle maintenance check. Get your car as well as your tires inspected, and make sure that your tires are inflated properly.