At the beginning of the year, millions of Americans hit the highways coming back from their holiday destinations. With so many vehicles on the roads, one can expect traffic accidents to occur more frequently than usual. With that in mind, here are some safe driving tips to help ensure you and your family arrive home safely.
Don’t drink and drive
You should know better than to drink before you go on your way home, but it bears repeating. Keeping your family safe is your priority, but you should also keep in mind that driving while impaired can impact the safety of other drivers. Leave the drink for when your trip is finally over.
Have your vehicle checked prior to travel
Before you get on the road, have your car’s oil and other fluids checked, and top them up as necessary. You should also check your tires, horn, brakes, signals, and lights and confirm they are all in good working condition. A well-maintained car is a safe car.
Plan your travel
Plan the route you’ll be traveling on before you leave so you don’t have toconstantly check where you are going. Make sure not to over-pack your car to the point that you have a dragging backend. If you’re traveling over 50 miles, bring along food items, perhaps even some entertainment, to keep your family members happy and occupied.