Safe Driving Tips for the Holidays

 The holiday season is officially upon us all. That means we're all going to eat a lot of delicious food in the coming weeks. It also means getting to spend quality time with loved ones. If you're traveling to see loved ones, you may be spending more time on the road than normal.

While driving can be a convenient way to get where you want to be this season, being on the road during the winter months does present a few challenges. To help you and your family stay safe, we've put together a list of the five most important tips for safe holiday driving: 

1. Stay Alert in Parking Lots

The challenges that go along with holiday driving aren't limited to the highway. Even though the Internet is expected to generate more sales than retail stores for the first time, a lot of people are going to be out and about buying gifts. So even when you're just driving around the city, stay extra alert for people doing things like cutting across parking lots or quickly backing out of spaces.

2. Don't Put Off Getting Serviced 

If you're on the cusp of needing an oil change or haven't had your tires checked in a long time, you should make time for this type of appointment prior to hitting the road. Having your vehicle checked out by a professional will give you peace of mind about it being ready to handle all of the miles ahead. 

3. Steady Driving

Give yourself plenty of time so you don't feel pressured to speed. If you encounter any bad weather conditions while you're driving, maintaining a steady pace without any sudden acceleration or deceleration will help you stay on the road.

4. Be Prepared

Chances are all of your holiday travels will go very smoothly. But in the event anything does go wrong while you're out on the road, being prepared can help you safely manage the situation. Examples of items worth putting in your vehicle before a long drive include warm clothing, jumper cables, a flashlight, windshield scraper and gallon of water.

5. Holidays Are Ideal for Driving

If you're looking for a way to drive when less people are on the road, choosing Thanksgiving or Christmas Day will definitely accomplish that goal. Although exactly when you drive will depend on your specific plans, this is something to keep in mind. If you're driving on other days, being on the road between the morning and evening rush hours can help you avoid a lot of traffic.

We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and are able to stay safe during all of your travels! If you do ever find yourself in need of expert car repair, you can count on USA Collision Centers to make the process a breeze.