Happy holidays from Buckeye Complete Auto Repair. We want you to have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. One way to avoid trouble over the holidays is to make sure you stay safe on the road. This isn’t as easy as it might sound when people are driving home from holiday parties. We talked about things that could go wrong over Thanksgiving, now let’s talk about driving safety in December.
Always Check the Roads
Overkill? Perhaps, but it will be worth it. Before you head anywhere, even to the store, check the roads. There are plenty of traffic apps you can download on your smartphone or you can plug the address into your car’s GPS system for road warnings. Things to look for so you can avoid them include traffic jams, automobile accidents, road construction, road closures, and inclement weather. Depending on how far you’re driving, the sun might be shining at your home but it will be snowing at your destination.
Take Care of You
Taking care of yourself is never overkill and you’d be surprised at how much the holidays can affect you. Between holiday shopping, the kids being home from school, errands, decorations, and general stress, you may find yourself unable to sleep well, tired, cranky, and easily agitated. Find ways to relax so you aren’t driving around town or out of town when you’re too tired. Get a good night’s sleep before any planned road trip, and eat right and exercise to avoid getting sick. How you feel affects how you drive.
Don’t Get Distracted
Distracted driving is the most common cause of automobile accidents, so turn off the phone and don’t let the kids distract you while you’re driving. Keep your eyes on the road and check the sides and behind you regularly using your mirrors. If you have safety alerts, don’t rely on them exclusively. Be aware of everything going on around you at all times. Be defensive, too, and move away from people who are driving carelessly or are obviously in a rush or road-raging. Drive proactively rather than reactively.
Don’t Be the Problem Yourself
Don’t be tempted to be a problem driver yourself. Always give yourself extra time to get where you need to be so you aren’t driving aggressively or too fast. Don’t let road-rage get the better of you. If you feel you are losing your cool, pull to a safe space and calm down. Don’t drink and drive or drive under the influence of recreational or illicit drugs. Don’t even do this on New Year’s Eve. Finally, let Buckeye Complete Auto Repair in Columbus, OH, make sure your vehicle won’t break down on the holiday roads.