Mt. Juliet and Lebanon TN

The holiday hustle and bustle brings about lots of good cheer as we all gather with family and friends. For many of us, that means traveling to attend holiday gatherings, which means there seem to be more people out on the roads during this time of year. Whether you have a short drive to the airport or are trekking through several states to celebrate the holidays, here are some tips on keeping you safe during your travels, because there is nothing like a car wreck that could completely ruin your holiday, or worse.

Get your vehicle properly maintained

This may seem like a no-brainer, but this time of year your mind is probably on a million other things, and your car is not one of them. Be sure to take your vehicle in to have it caught up on any scheduled maintenance such as the oil changed and fluids topped off. The air pressure in your tires should also be checked to make sure they are safe for the driving conditions ahead – don’t forget to check your spare tire!

Be ready – pack an emergency kit

Again, not really something you think about until you actually need it! Prepare now by stocking your vehicle with an emergency kit, which will keep you and your family safe if you break down out on the road. If you are going to be traveling anywhere where there is a potential for snow or ice, be sure to have sand, cat litter or traction mats, and small shovel for getting yourself unstuck. Otherwise, also keep spare blankets, hats, and gloves, a flashlight with extra batteries, drinking water and non-perishable snacks, warm clothes, basic hand tools, and chargers for your phone.

Map your route

Be prepared ahead of time by mapping your route, even if you are traveling a familiar route. Remember, roads will be busier than normal, so be patient and adhere to speed limits. It is a good idea to have a backup route planned in case your primary route becomes blocked by traffic.

Check the weather

No matter where you plan on going, check the weather ahead of time. This way, you can be prepared and may even need to pack additional supplies in your emergency kit. For instance, if you are going to be driving through a lot of rainy weather, consider some ponchos or rain gear in case you have to get out and walk a long distance to get help. If winter weather lies ahead, you may need to brush up on your winter weather driving skills. Also, if you know bad weather is imminent, go ahead and plan on leaving early or let your host know you will be arriving later than expected. Whatever you do, don’t try to rush through bad weather.

Keep kids safe and busy

Pack plenty of books, toys, games or whatever usually keeps your kids occupied. The point is to keep them busy so they are less likely to distract the driver. It is also a good idea, if you are traveling with children, plan on taking breaks because they will have to go to the bathroom and eat – probably more often than adults do. This brings us to our last point – take breaks.

Take a break every two hours or 100 miles

To prevent driver fatigue, stop and take a break every two hours of 100 miles that you drive. Get out and walk around, stretch your legs, or maybe get a snack and a drink. Taking these breaks will help make you more alert so that you can continue on your way and arrive at your destination safely.

Personal Injury Attorney in Nashville

If you are the unfortunate victim of a car wreck this holiday season, contact personal injury attorney Yancy Belcher by calling (615) 773-2889.

Servicing the Mt. Juliet, Lebanon, and Hermitage areas of Tennessee, Yancy and his staff welcome you for a free consultation.

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