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Travel Safety Tips For The Holidays

The holidays are a special time filled with love, friends, and family. Not surprisingly, most of us do some traveling this time of year to visit loved ones or take vacations. Due to the busy nature of the roads during this season, as well as the beginnings of winter road conditions, it’s important to exercise caution when traveling.

Data compiled by South Carolina Highway Patrol shows that 852 deaths have taken place so far this year (Greenville Journal). We want to help make sure you stay safe throughout the holiday season and enjoy your time with friends and family. Below are some safety tips to help you enjoy the holiday season accident free:

Prepare Ahead of Time

If possible, try to avoid busy travel times and days. Allow plenty of time to arrive at your location. Take your time, be attentive, and make sure you’re well rested before your trip! If you’re sharing the driving with another person, divvy up the driving time between each other. This allows for proper rest and can help you focus better when you are operating the vehicle.

Have a Plan

We know it’s not always doable, but try and pack a couple days prior to your trip. Traveling can be stressful; packing ahead of time will help alleviate some of the stress. If you’re planning on flying to your destination, make a checklist of items needed and always arrive at the airport early.

Vehicle Safety

Perhaps one of the most important things to do before taking a road trip is vehicle maintenance.  The winter season can take a toll on your car. Have your car’s fluid levels, tire pressure, and brakes checked before departure. It is wise to also have basic supplies packed in your car in case of an emergency.

Driving Under the Influence

Holiday parties and gatherings are great; however, they can quickly make the road one of the most dangerous places to be. Bad weather conditions paired with a higher likelihood of drinking can have fatal consequences. Christmas bills are already hard, but tack on medical bills, car repairs, and insurance battles and the season can be ruined for years to come. Never get behind the wheel while under the influence and be extra alert to other drivers on the road, especially if they seem to be driving strangely.

If you’ve been in a car accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. Once you’ve been cleared and taken care of, it’s important to gather all paperwork. Paperwork includes medical bills, car repairs, and even time taken off work. The next step is to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer like our attorneys at Philpot Law Firm. We understand the holiday season can be very overwhelming and busy. The last thing you need on your plate is a car accident!

If you’ve been injured, Contact the Philpot Law Firm immediately to get the compensation you deserve!