With the holidays coming up, you have a lot of things on your mind. You have presents to wrap and decorations to bring out of storage. If you plan on traveling to celebrate with family and friends, you’ll need to prepare your car for winter travel and for emergencies. Here are some tips to have happy and safe holiday travels.
Prepare your vehicle for winter traveling
- Check your tires. If you don’t have enough tread on the tire, you will have a hard time gripping the road. If you aren’t sure about your tires, drive to a tire shop and ask an attendant to check them for you. Some people keep a set of snow tires that they rotate when the weather turns. If this isn’t’ an option for you, chains are just as useful when needed.
- Keep an ice scraper, extra blankets, food and water in your car in case you get stuck and need to wait for a tow truck.
- If you can, fill your tank before the level goes below half full.
- Make sure your windshield wipers are in good condition and have extra windshield fluid stored in your car as well.
Special Considerations For Driving In Bad Winter Weather
- Always check the weather forecast so that a blizzard doesn’t take you by surprise.
- Tell someone when you leave, where you are going, and when you plan to return.
- Take the time to clear the snow off of your entire car and double check that you can see out of all the windows.
- When driving, reduce your speed and following distance. You will need space if you have to stop on slick roads.
How To Stay Sober For The Holidays
Drinking with friends and family might be a tradition in your family. If you need to stay sober to drive, make sure to drink nonalcoholic beverages and enjoy other aspects of the seasons. There are a lot of holiday drinks and food that you can only get one time a year so enjoy them while you can.
What to do after a minor wreck
Even after all we do to prevent an accident, it still can happen to us. If you find yourself in this position, this is what you should do:
- After the accident, immediately put your emergency lights on to warn other drivers. Turn on all other lights for more visibility.
- If not alone, check your passengers for injuries and if needed call emergency numbers. If you feel they are necessary, call the police as well.
- If another car was involved, exchanged needed information but do not discuss the accident.
How Can A Traffic Ticket Lawyer Help With A Traffic Ticket?
A traffic ticket during the holiday season can put a damper on the festivities, but there are ways to lessen the effects. A traffic citation lawyer will help resolve tickets and violations and help reduce other negative effects of a ticket such as insurance increases and points on your license.