This Holiday Season, many Orange County residents will be traveling to other cities, counties, and states to attend parties and to be with loved ones. Maybe you are planning to make the trek up the mountain to enjoy a little snow and take in the winter scenery, or maybe you’re just traveling a few cities away, or maybe you’re going out of state for the holidays
Wherever your holiday destination, Safety 1st Driving School wants you and your family to be safe and have a happy and incident-free Holiday Season!
To that end, here are some Holiday Safe Driving Tips – our gift to you. 🙂
1. Before your trip, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good shape for travel, especially if you’re expecting to face rain or snow.
Find a trusted mechanic (we recommend Finishline Auto Repair for all your car maintenance and repair needs) and have the following inspected and approved for travel:
- windshield wipers
- oil change
- exhaust system
2. ALWAYS wear seat belts and be sure children are strapped in and in their appropriate seat/car seat. Always.
3. Be flexible.
Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. The holidays can be a hectic time, so take a deep breath and relax – you’ll get there. There may be lots of travelers on the road – there even could be detours. So stay calm, patient, and flexible. Leave early if you want to beat some traffic!
4. Stay alert.
Only drive while sober, well-rested, and not distracted. Be on the lookout for drunk drivers, tired drivers, and unexpected brake lights. Pull over or find a rest stop if necessary. If you’re fighting off a cold, be aware that some medications may cause drowsiness.
5. Do not pass someone on a highway if you can’t see clearly or enough to pass safely.
6. If you’re attending an event where you’ll likely be drinking, plan ahead. Either find a Designated Driver or stay the night.
7. Absolutely NO texting or talking while driving. Unless you have a hands-free device. (Holding your phone while it’s on the Speaker Phone setting does NOT count!)
8. Slow down, and maintain a safe following distance.
9. Don’t use cruise control in wet or snowy conditions.
Please be safe and have a wonderful and happy Holidays!