The holidays are a time for fun, family, food, and festivities. During this season, we often spend much more time than usual driving, whether it’s driving to purchase gifts, a road trip to grandmas, or simply driving to the office holiday party. While all of this sounds like a great way to get into the spirit of the season, it’s important to keep safety measures in mind for when you may need them.
Here are a few safety tips to keep you safe on the roadways this holiday season:
- Be alert on the road: Holidays often increase traffic, including inexperienced/bad drivers.
- That text can wait: Be sure to make a concerted effort to leave your phone in your purse or pocket when driving.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Use caution when going through walkways and crosswalks in crowded retail locations.
- Keep purchases out of plain sight: Packages left visible in the open can be perceived as easy targets.
- Lock your car doors: Once you leave your car and as soon as you get into your car, be sure to lock your doors and check your surroundings.
- Shop in daylight/well-lit locations: The shadows are prime locations for thieves.
- Check your surroundings when withdrawing funds: ATM trips for cash are inevitable during the holidays but are also prime locations for theft.
- Avoid carrying large amounts of cash: Loose cash is more susceptible to theft and loss.
If you’re preparing to make a long drive, be sure to thoroughly check your vehicle over, including brakes, spark plugs, batteries, and tires. Ensure your spare tire is inflated in case of an emergency. Stowing items such as flares, cones, a spare battery, or tire pump could also prove useful in a pinch. In the winter, extra emergency supplies are also essential, including a first aid kit, flashlight, ice scraper, and non-perishable foods.
While enjoying the holiday season and making memories with your loved ones, remember that simple measures can protect your family from a disaster on the road. The Lubbock injury attorneys at Liggett Law Group wish everyone a happy holiday season this year, and hope everyone will stay safe in the home and on the road.