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Accident rates rise over the holiday season

With the holidays fast approaching, roads can get busier than ever. And although the year-round, sunny California weather keeps snow hazards and icy road conditions at bay, the holiday season can still be a dangerous time of year for drivers. You should know how to prepare for the busy holiday roads to help you stay safe.

 

Busier roads

Over the 2018 holiday season, over 100 million Americans traveled 50 miles or more by automobiles for the holiday season, according to the American Automobile Association. This increase in traffic can put you at greater risk of getting into a car accident.

But it isn’t the number of cars alone that create hazardous driving conditions. Drivers who are visiting the area may be unfamiliar with their surroundings. Drivers who depend on a map or GPS to guide them may become distracted and create risks for others.

Safety tips

There are several preventative measures you can take to keep yourself safe. Here are a few driving tips that are important to remember, especially around the holiday season:

  • Plan an early start—Traffic is usually the most congested in the afternoon and evenings. If your schedule allows it, start your travels earlier in the day to avoid messy traffic backups.
  • Prepare your car— It’s always best to prepare for the worst. Make sure that your gas tank is full before you leave and check that your car has a spare tire, jumper cables and other emergency supplies.
  • Have a passenger navigate— In unfamiliar areas, have a companion take charge of the directions. That way, you can stay focused on the road and the cars around you.
  • Watch your speed— No matter how badly you want to arrive at your destination, driving too fast in a busy traffic zone won’t allow you the time you need to react to changes in traffic. Speeding is a hazard not only to you, but to other drivers on the road.

Getting into a car accident can ruin your holiday season. But when your travels don’t go as planned, you still have options. If you find yourself in an accident, an attorney can help you manage your situation quickly and easily so you can enjoy the holidays with your loved ones.

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