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Holiday Driving Safety Tips

Last updated on September 6, 2019 at 01:43 pm

Plymouth Rock knows that the holidays can be one of the most stressful times of year. Many of us rush about to finish up projects before just the cold days days of winter arrive. There is shopping to be done and cooking to be done, along with family visiting from out of state, which oftentimes leads to a lot of time spent on the road.

You may not think twice before you leave the house for a trip to the mall, grocery store, or for a quick dinner out, but this is one of the busiest traffic times of the year. The increased amount of traffic combined with the pressure of finding the perfect gift, overcrowded parking lots, and long lines can cause some drivers to be more aggressive than usual, and distract their focus from the road. In fact, more traffic fatalities occurred on Thanksgiving or Christmas than on New Year’s Eve in recent years.

One of the major causes of accidents during this time of year is the increased number of drivers at night. Driving at night always has a higher level of danger because the iris of our eyes opens wider to allow more light, which makes us more susceptible to glare and minor imperfections in our vision. Additionally, it is estimated that more than 11 million Americans have uncorrected vision problems.

Many drivers this time of year are also traveling in unfamiliar territory while visiting relatives, shopping destinations, or holiday parties. This increases the risk of an accident, especially if a driver has consumed any alcohol.

Lastly, you have the weather, which can leave roads slick with black ice, slush, or snow. Combining these driving conditions with any of the situations above is a recipe for disaster and should be avoided at all costs.

We have a few simple holiday driving safety tips to help you stay safe when heading out this season:

  • Make sure to plan ahead and be aware of the route you are taking. In other words, don’t just wait for the GPS to tell you “turn here.”
  • Leave plenty of time to get to your destination in order to avoid aggressive driving and save on gas.
  • Keep up with your automobile’s maintenance by checking tire pressure, fluids, and antifreeze levels.
  • Maintain a safe following distance in case another driver makes a sudden stop or sharp turn.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol before operating a motor vehicle.

If you do choose to have a few drinks, please make sure to arrange a designated driver or take a cab home. This is so important that Plymouth Rock Assurance offers its car insurance customers a free cab ride home through its Get Home Safe® program. To learn more about how our customers can take advantage of a free cab ride home, check out our Get Home Safe video, and remember to stay safe on the road this holiday season.

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