As the holiday season approaches, many California residents will be driving to locations for dinners, parties and extended visits with family and friends. The roads always become much more congested during this time of year. Trips that once could be completed in a reasonable amount of time become extended excursions, and being prepared for what may happen along the way is important. It is also important for people to remember that defensive driving should be a matter of more concern as well because not every motorist will be as considerate as others who take the dangers of traveling more seriously. Here are a few reminders for the upcoming couple of months.
Observe all rules of the road
One element of highway driving that many do not always consider is reducing speeds while in transit. Many drivers are in a rush to get to their destination, which can easily result in a traffic flow that exceeds posted limits on thoroughfares. Observing the speed limit is a small price to pay in avoiding car accidents.
Avoid distractions in the vehicle
Distracted driving is a major focus for law enforcement, and even using a cellphone while driving can result in being pulled over. The reasoning goes beyond violations, as recent statistics across the nation show the practice is still common. Remember that the driver is responsible for what happens inside the vehicle, including passenger activity.
Allow extra time to travel
There are often disruptions in traffic flow during the holidays even when most drivers are in a rush. It is best to always leave early for a destination, especially on a holiday event gathering like Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and enjoy the trip instead of being caught up in the hectic nature associated with running late. Being in a rush can have serious consequences, and especially when it results in motor vehicle crashes.
Of course, the most important tip for driving during the holidays is not consuming alcohol or any other substance before getting behind the wheel. Alcohol usage typically increases over the holidays, but it is important to still drive responsibly.