How to Prepare for a Holiday Road Trip

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Last year, the American Automobile Association (AAA) estimated 97.4 million Americans traveled by car for the holidays. If you are planning a road trip for the holidays, here are three ways to prep for a safe trip:

Check your car for needed maintenance. Before leaving for your destination, it could be beneficial to have your vehicle inspected and serviced. Over the holidays, AAA claims battery-related issues are one of the top reasons people call for assistance.

Check the projected weather conditions before your trip. If you are driving into cold weather, keep an eye on your tire pressure. If you know it is going to rain or snow, then you should make sure your tire tread is at a safe depth. Safe tires are crucial for road traction, especially in inclement weather.

Route your trip in advance. You should check for construction zones and road closures. Construction zones can be dangerous, especially when adding in factors such as speeding, inclement weather, nighttime driving and holiday traffic congestion.

In addition, if you do not have a travel companion, then routing your trip in advance could prevent GPS distractions when driving. Also, you could find a safe, alternate route that could help you avoid major road delays from traffic congestion.

Avoid peak travel times. Many people believe that in order to avoid peak travel times, they should get on the road late at night and drive into the early hours of the morning when it is still dark. However, this is not true and could lead to a drowsy driving accident.

According to AAA, in December 2017, the worst hours to travel were during regular afternoon and evening commute times. AAA recommended leaving before or after the morning commute. Driving during daylight hours could help you avoid visibility issues or falling asleep at the wheel.

In addition, the days leading up to the holidays see the most road congestion. If you are not driving too far, then it could be beneficial to travel on the holiday because there are fewer people traveling.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a traffic accident caused by a negligent driver, contact our traffic accident attorneys at Traffic Accident Law Center. We could help you understand your rights under the law and your legal options. Call us at (760)798-7000 or fill out our online form for a free consultation.