At this time of year, you may be planning to drive to see family for the holidays. The Thanksgiving weekend is one where many people are traveling and trying to drive to and from airports or different cities can mean traffic jams and even an increased risk of traffic collisions in Homestead and across South Florida.
If you are driving anywhere to see loved ones, the legal team at Flaxman Law Group wish you safe travels. We’d also like to offer these tips to help you reduce the risk of traffic delays and collisions:
1) Check your car. Before you go on a longer trip, check to make sure your car is in good shape for the journey. If it has been a while, get a tune-up. Pack an emergency roadside kit in case you run into any problems on the road.
2) Plan your trip carefully. Program different routes and check for road closures, weather forecasts, traffic, and road work. Try to avoid routes with problems and make sure you note on your route where you can stop for breaks, gas, and snacks. Breaking up your driving helps you avoid road rage and fatigued driving.
3) Get a good night’s sleep. Fatigued driving in Homestead and across the country is a key cause of car collisions. At this time of year, especially, many of us are very busy and this can mean we are less rested. Do all you can to stay alert during your trip.
4) Drive focused. Put away distractions and place your focus on the road. Think three moves ahead so you are driving defensively and less likely to allow your mind to wander. If you are driving with younger children, pack games and activities for them so they stay quiet and allow you to focus on driving.
5) Give yourself plenty of time. Give yourself more time than you think you need so delays won’t phase you or tempt you to speed.
6) Be prepared for the weather. Use extra caution if you will be traveling outside the state, where snow and ice may be a factor. If you will be driving to any state with snow, invest in good snow tires. All-season tires will not stand up to snow and ice on the roads. If you will be driving on country roads in snowy areas, you may want chains for your tires. In addition, you will need anti-freeze and will need to make sure your car is ready for winter driving. If you are not used to winter driving, it may be safer to rely on someone else to drive.
7) Prepare to avoid drunk driving. Since alcohol may be served at many holiday events and festivities, be prepared. Have an alternative way to get home or book a hotel so you can avoid drinking and driving.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Homestead or anywhere in South Florida, call Flaxman Law Group at 1-866-352-9626 (1-866-FLAXMAN) for a free case review with a Homestead car accident attorney. Flaxman Law Group is happy to serve the entire south Florida area and when you call us you always reach someone who can help you set up an appointment.