The holiday season has long been a time for increased traffic in Georgia and across the nation. Almost everyone makes some sort of holiday plan even if it only means driving short distances, many times just around town doing shopping and attending events. Many are in a hurry, and still others are just not observing the rules of the road. Here are a few reminders for driving safe during the Christmas season.
Anyone making a lengthy trip should remember to get ready and leave early. Allowing plenty of time to arrive at a destination can help in avoiding motor vehicle accidents when others are in a rush. For those on extended trips this can be vital. Additionally, taking frequent rest stops can help as well for those driving.
Observe all rules of the road
The highway is a dangerous place for those who do not observe speed limits and make poor driving decisions, especially on the open road or in congested traffic. Not only should speed limits be observed, but keeping a significant distance between vehicles is vital in congested high-speed traffic scenarios.
Avoid distracted driving
Distracted driving evidence is common in many auto accidents according to numerous statistical surveys. Not only is use of a cellphone while driving an issue, but eating and drinking while behind the wheel can be problematic as well.
Consuming alcohol shortly before driving is also a serious holiday traffic issue. Driving under the influence is not only unlawful, but police officers are on heightened awareness of impaired driving during the Christmas season because alcohol usage is commonly linked to accidents just like distractions along the way. Driving laws are in place for specific safety reasons, and observance during the holidays is crucial to reducing accidents.