The holiday season is when roadways become particularly congested, and the risk of accidents increases. As you prepare for festive celebrations, being proactive about road safety is crucial. There are steps you can all take to ensure that your holiday travels are as safe as possible.
Traveling during the holidays often involves long drives, potentially challenging weather conditions and the hustle of eager holiday-goers. Before setting off, it’s essential to ensure your vehicle is roadworthy with a thorough check of the tires, brakes, lights and battery.
Safe driving is critical
Drivers should be particularly watchful for erratic driving behaviors, which tend to increase during the holidays due to higher stress levels. This is also a time associated with higher incidences of impaired driving.
Distractions and fatigue are deadly
Distractions are a significant cause of accidents, and they can be more prevalent during holiday travels when vehicles are often full of passengers and excitement. Driver fatigue is also a concern, particularly for those traveling long distances to visit family and friends. It’s essential to take regular breaks to rest and rejuvenate.
Weather conditions can be unpredictable during the winter months. It’s wise to be prepared for the worst by packing an emergency kit that includes items like blankets, a flashlight, a first-aid kit and snacks. Remember to give other motorists extra space when the roads are slick. This may mean leaving earlier to make it to your destination on time.
Ultimately, each driver can only do their part, so they’re still at the mercy of other drivers. If you’re involved in a crash, ensure you get medical care for any injuries you suffer. Your passengers should do the same. Kentucky law allows you to seek compensation from the party liable for the crash, but there are time limits for doing this, so act swiftly if you opt to pursue that option.