With the holiday season upon us, people will be back on the roads traveling to visit family. More vehicles on the road could mean an increase in car crashes. Follow these tips to better protect yourself from a car crash:
Tip #1: Be Prepared
Map out your trip: Looking up the best route for your trip ahead of time will keep you from fidgeting with a navigation system or looking up directions on your phone while you are driving. These are forms of distracted driving. Taking your eyes away from the road for even a few seconds could cause a crash. If you do need to use a navigation system, ask a passenger to find directions or pull over somewhere safe first.
Check the weather: Inclement weather can be a dangerous factor when driving, especially if it causes low visibility. Stay alert, slow down, don’t follow other cars too closely and if you need to brake, leave yourself plenty of room. If you know it is supposed to snow or rain during your trip, it could also be beneficial to have your tire tread and windshield wipers checked for high performance.
Tip #2: Get Plenty of Rest
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), drowsy driving could account for nearly seven percent of all traffic crashes. It is easy to miss your recommended hours of sleep during the holiday season. The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) recommends that adults between 26 and 64 years of age sleep seven to nine hours each night. However, with work, holiday preparations, family gatherings and long travel days, it can be difficult to get enough sleep.
If you feel tired while driving, ask one of your passengers to switch places with you. If you are alone, pull over at a safe place to take a short nap or find somewhere to spend the night. Though not a long-term solution, caffeine could help you concentrate on the road for a few hours.
Tip #3: Designate a Sober Driver
Holiday parties and family gatherings will be in full swing through the new year. California law enforcement agencies implement maximum enforcement periods during the holiday season because they know that holidays also mean an increase in impaired driving.
Even one or two drinks at your holiday party could put you at risk for a drunk driving accident. Take a few minutes before an event to designate a sober driver or make other arrangements.
Why Should I Contact a Car Accident Attorney After an Accident?
If you or someone you love has been injured in a car accident in Fairfield, we recommend that you call our car accident attorneys at Barnett, Bennett, & Scott LLP. A car accident attorney could help you gather important evidence to determine fault. In addition, an experienced attorney could help you through the claims process, negotiate your settlement or fight for you in court.
You could have a viable claim to recover compensation for lost wages and medical bills. Call us at (707) 425-0671 or contact us online to discuss your situation. Check out our FAQ page to see our answers to frequently asked questions!