How to Stay Safe on the Highway During Holiday Travel

by Glenn Warren on Feb. 03, 2017

Motor Vehicle Traffic 

Summary: How to Stay Safe on the Highway During Holiday Travel

How to Stay Safe on the Highway During Holiday Travel

For many travelers, going home for a holiday means hitting the road. This often translates to crowded highways, and everyone is in a hurry to get to their destination. Winter storms also can make it harder to drive, and so are fellow drivers who may have attended a party a few hours ago. As attorneys, we have worked with many accident victims, and we know how important it is to drive safe. After all, the holiday season should be the time to celebrate with family and friends, but not a time to deal with auto accidents. To stay safe, you need to plan in advance and follow these tips.


Don’t drive while drunk

If you happen to consume any alcohol at a family gathering or office party, do not fool yourself into thinking that you can drive well. Don’t allow a drunk driver to get behind the wheel either. There are serious consequences like getting arrested and being charged with a DUI. And if the police don’t catch you, you can cause an accident which may lead to injury to yourself and passengers, other drivers, pedestrians and cyclists, and vehicle damage.

You can opt for safe alternatives such as:

· Calling a taxi

· Using public transportation

· Using a designated sober driver


Don’t drive when drowsy

Sometimes you want to get to your destination as quickly as possible, so you decide to drive for longer hours at once. The longer you drive, the drowsier you get. Driving while fatigued is as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Make sure that you break up your trip and take as much time as you need to get to your destination.


Don’t use your phone while driving

Calls, text messages and browsing online can be a great distraction while driving. How can you focus on the road if you keep using your phone? Distracted driving is dangerous. Stop the car if you have to take a call and just avoid texting.


Don’t speed

Often, you may be in a hurry to get to an event, gathering or a religious service on time. However pressed you may be, don’t give in to the urge to speed. Driving fast can make you lose control of the car. It will also reduce your ability to avoid crashes. The best option is to allocate plenty of time for everything you need to do.


But, what if you are involved in an accident? The most important thing is to stay calm and collect and record as much evidence as possible by:

· Take notes on the flow of traffic, the time the accident occurred and what caused it

· Jot down the damages to all vehicles involved

· Take photographs because they are essential evidence

· Gather names of witnesses because it will help in proving your claims

· If injured, seek medical treatment


The person investigating the accident will ask questions. Provide all the information you gathered because it will help to claim for compensation, especially if it wasn’t your fault.


If you have any questions this Holiday Season, please give us a call at 904-400-7272 or I can be reached by email at 








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