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Braving the Holiday Traffic

It is the season of travel. More and more people are expected to be on the roads and at the airports within the next few weeks than any other time of year. Personally, I know I will be hitting the road to drive up to the Bay Area, the Sunday before Christmas. It is important to stay safe during this holiday season. That is why our auto accident attorney has put together these helpful tips to brave the holiday traffic. You want to have a wonderful time during this season. However, you also want to make sure you and your family are getting to your destination safely. If you have been injured in an accident an need an accident lawyer, contact us to discuss your case. Consultations are free!

Accident Lawyer | Tips for Safe Travel

Traveling this time of year, especially on the road is incredibly stressful. And we want to make sure that you and your family are able to not only enjoy the holiday’s, but that you also get to your destination(s) safely. The accident lawyers in our office are hoping that the following tips will be helpful during your Christmas and New Year’s travels.

Allow Yourself Extra Time

Luckily, my family is never on a time crunch when I make the six-hour drive up to the East Bay Area. However, if you are on a time crunch, make sure you are allowing yourself more time to travel. The roads are going to be congested, but you want to make sure that when you are preparing for your trip, that you account traffic into the equation.

This will be especially helpful when you are feeling the bouts of road rage coming on. Everyone on the road is going to be in a hurry to get somewhere. Whether it’s running last minute errands or driving on the 57 Freeway to a holiday party; road rage this time of year is much more intense than the rest of the year.

For example, yesterday when I was driving home on I-5 from Ladera Ranch to Placentia, someone in a sports car was weaving in and out of heavy traffic. To be honest, I see this everyday, but with the influx of cars on the road this time of year, people have a tendency to practice unsafe driving techniques.

Practice Defensive Driving Skills

Now would be the best time to practice your defensive driving skills. Remember, defensive driving just means that you are actively paying attention to the other cars around you. It does not include maneuvers such as:

  • tailgating;
  • cutting people off;
  • rubbernecking;
  • brake checking, etc.

Many of the above practices are considered to be incidents of road rage and if you injure someone in the process, you may end up having charges filed against you.

This season is also the season for people to be irresponsible by driving under the influence. Pay extra close attention for drunk drivers and other drivers who are driving erratically. If you can, report any drivers on the road who are showing signs of drunk driver or driving under the influence.

Auto Accident Attorney | Take Your Car in for Maintenance

Any auto accident attorney will tell you during this time of year is to make sure that your car is properly maintained. Even in Southern California, winter weather can be hard on your car. Keeping your car in tip-top shape before hitting the road or even for the beginning of the season will be of great benefit to you. Be sure to have the following routine maintenance checked on your car before heading out on the road:

  • Check and adjust tire pressure
    • Make sure there is enough tire treat to safely grip the road because replacing a tire can be less expensive than being injured in an accident;
  • Check and top off all fluids
    • This should include wiper fluid, transmission fluids, oil, etc.
      • Windshield wiper fluid can be a life saver (literally) if you’re traveling far;
  • Make sure brakes and brake pads are good to go;
  • Make sure you are staying up to date with routine oil changes, etc.

All of these will help prevent accidents as well as keep you safe while you are on the road.

Watch Your Speed

This time of year, when it’s getting dark earlier in the evening, it can be difficult to maneuver on the road. Make sure you are sticking to the posted speed limits. Or at the very least, going along with the flow of traffic. Driving too fast in heavy traffic and not paying attention to conditions on the road – whether it be an accident or weather – can leave you in trouble of also being in an accident. This accident can leave you and/or your passengers suffering from serious injuries.

Don’t Overpack the Car & Drive Distraction Free

Overpacking the car can actually impact your ability to see from your rearview mirror. This also makes it dangerous by creating blind spots that you are not used to. Further, loose items can be dangerous and cause serious injuries in the event of an accident.

That being said, make sure there are very few distractions when you are driving. Especially if you are stuck in traffic or traveling long distances. We know this can be difficult, but doing so can actually prevent an accident.

This time of year you want to make sure you are being extra cautious on the roads. There are so many things happening and so many people who are driving recklessly.

If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, please do not hesitate to contact an accident lawyer in our office. Consultations with one of our auto accident attorneys are free!

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