The holiday season is one of the busiest times on U.S. roads, both due to increased attendance at any number of celebrations and the desire of many people to see loved ones who may live “near or far.” Due to all the hustle and bustle of the season, the importance of safe driving cannot be overstressed to ensure that everyone arrives at their holiday destinations without incident.
At the end of the day, with increased traffic comes heightened risks. Congested roads, drivers in unfamiliar territories, and, unfortunately, an uptick in both crash activity generally and impaired driving due to holiday festivities, all contribute to potential hazards. It’s crucial to recognize these realities and to drive defensively at all times.
Additional tips to keep in mind
In many areas of California and across the U.S., the holidays also mean challenging weather conditions. Winter brings shorter days and less visibility, along with snow, ice or rain in various regions. Before embarking on your journey, ensure your vehicle is equipped with necessary safety features like proper winter tires and that you have an emergency kit on hand.
Practicing mindfulness is more than just a buzzword; it’s a critical aspect of safe holiday driving. Being aware of your surroundings, the behavior of other drivers, and maintaining a level of patience can help you navigate the hectic roads more safely. Remember, rushing to save a few minutes isn’t worth the potential cost of a reckless driving decision.
Finally, by “sharing the road” generously with other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, you’ll not only avoid being a Scrooge this season, you’ll also keep yourself and others safer. Yield when it’s courteous to do so, signal your intentions clearly and keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you so that when you travel this holiday season, you’ll arrive in one piece.