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Tips for Driving Safely This Holiday Season


Driving safely during the winter can be difficult for several reasons, such as dangerous weather conditions, limited daylight, and extra drivers on the roads trying to arrive at their holiday destination. Here are some ways you can drive safely and wisely this holiday season.

Avoid Distractions

Every time you pick up your phone to send or read a text while driving, you take your eyes off the road for an average of five seconds. Five seconds at 55 mph is enough time to travel the distance of a football field. When driving, you need to give your full attention.  If you absolutely have to use your cellphone while traveling, pull over to the side of the road or find the nearest rest stop.

Plan Ahead for Winter Weather Conditions

Winter weather is unpredictable, which can create dangerous driving conditions. Before beginning your trip, check the weather reports and traffic reports.  Also, prepare a backup plan in the event of bad conditions. If you find yourself in inclement weather, seek shelter and wait out the storm.

Prepare an Emergency Kit for Your Car

Beating the rough winters in Connecticut requires careful planning. Stocking up on essential emergency items like flashlights, blankets, jumper cables, flares, extra gasoline, a shovel and a windshield scraper is a simple yet effective means of winterizing your vehicle.

Do Not Drive When Impaired

Many people consume alcohol during the holiday season. But, that is not a reason to drive while intoxicated from alcohol. Do not allow your friends and loved ones to drive while under the influence.  

In 2020, more than 11,000 crash fatalities were caused by drunk driving. Alcohol is not the only drug that can impair a person; other drugs, both legal and illegal, can cause accidents. To protect yourself and other drivers on the road, designate a sober driver, use a ride-sharing service or taxi, or take public transportation. 

Adjust Your Travel Time

Make sure you allow enough time to reach your destination. Speeding can result in accidents, especially in bad weather. We understand your desire to reach your destination, but the most important thing is to do so safely.

Keep a Safe Following Distance

Always be sure to give yourself enough time to respond to traffic around you. Keep a safe following distance of three to four seconds behind other vehicles to give yourself time to stop safely. Many collisions can be prevented by simply controlling the space in front of your car and not following too closely. If someone is tailgating you, allow them to pass. In the unfortunate event that someone you love was involved in an accident, contact our office at (203) 331-8888 or visit Hirsch Andrade online to schedule a free consultation with a Connecticut personal injury attorney.

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