Your holiday season may be filled with love, family time, travel, and parties, but if you aren’t careful, it may also be filled with stress and anxiety should something unfortunate happen while traveling during this busy season. Christmas and New Years are fast approaching which means more people are on the roadways in their personal car and with the increase in traffic, it is more likely you could be involved in an auto accident. Despite heavier traffic congestion, there are ways you can prepare to avoid accidents and “stay alive” during the holiday season.
5 Safety Measures to Follow During the Hustle and Bustle
Outfit Your Vehicle- Planning your trip also means outfitting your vehicle with necessary things before heading out. This may include the following items:
- Fully charged phone and phone chargers
- List of all necessary numbers such as roadside assistance, your N.C. independent insurance agent, and any other necessary emergency numbers
- Non-perishable food/water
- Jumper cables
- First-aid kit
- Necessary paperwork (N.C. drivers license, inspection and insurance card)
Don’t Drink and Drive- Your holiday season may include parties and social gatherings, but don’t fall into the trap of drinking and driving. Always make alternate travel plans when attending holiday parties, such as designating a driver or calling Uber or Lyft for transportation to and from social events, when partaking in alcohol. Getting a DUI can cost up to $10,000 in fines along with other costly consequences of auto insurance premium hikes or even cancelation.
Track Your Travel Route- If your holiday plans include traveling, make sure you plan to travel when traffic is light as to avoid heavy congestion and always allow extra travel time during the holiday season since more wrecks will happen.
Maintain the Upkeep of Your Vehicle- Having routine maintenance performed on your vehicle is vital when traveling because the last thing you want is to have a car malfunction on the roadways in heavy traffic. Before heading to your travel destination, make sure you have your brakes checked, battery tested, tires rotated, and oil changed.
Implement a Safety Plan With Your Family- Before you leave for any trip this holiday season, you should implement/enforce a safety plan so that all members traveling in your auto can remain as safe as possible. Make sure you have a designated “meeting place” should any members of your travel party get separated, never go to restrooms alone, lock the car at all times, and hide any personal belongings out of the sight of strangers.
From Our Family at Twin City Insurance to Yours
Our main objective here at Twin City Insurance is to offer tips to keep you and your family/friends safe during this holiday season. By following these safety measures you can decrease your stress while increase your chances of enjoying your holiday season. Happy holidays to you and your family!