Last updated on November 24, 2020 at 04:02 pm
With rapidly changing restrictions and regulations, the 2020 holiday season promises to look quite different this year. Although fewer drivers have been on the road during the pandemic, statistics have shown that our roadways have actually become far riskier. So before you hit the road, read these driving tips to stay safe this season.
Drive Safely in Winter Weather
- Plan for winter weather (whether you drive a car, motorcycle or sleigh). It only takes a moment to check the weather report for the day. After that, decide what driving or travel is essential and what can wait for better weather.
- Don’t leave home without a winter car emergency kit. Click here to learn how to make yours.
- Prepare your tires for winter. Check that they are all-weather, inflated to the proper pressure and have sufficient tread.
- Brake cautiously. During winter weather, black ice can form on roads and bridges. Although it’s hard to spot, watch for dark and glossy spots. If you encounter black ice, experts typically say to simply pass over the spot. Don’t hit the brakes, but instead take your foot off the gas and avoid overcorrecting. For more tips on driving safely during winter weather, click here.
- It’s a hectic time of year. Between shopping, decorating and planning, it’s easy to feel frazzled. Read about what usually stresses out drivers during the holidays and how you can stay focused while you drive.
- Be merry (in moderation).While holiday parties and family get-togethers are being canceled, it’s easy to get caught up in the “spirit” of the holiday season at home with loved ones. Consider drinking sparkling cider and flavored water before you get behind the wheel. After all, according to the National Safety Council (NSC), in 2017, drunk driving accidents claimed 463 lives on Thanksgiving Day, 299 on Christmas Day and 329 on New Year’s Day.
- Know your personal limits. Several factors affect how your body metabolizes alcohol, including but not limited to gender, height, weight, stomach contents, liver enzymes and family history.
- Be Kind to Yourself and Others by Getting Home Safe. In addition to drinking in moderation, if you’re heading out, have a plan to get home safe. Maybe you’re so tired that one beer hits you harder than you expected. Perhaps your designated driver “forgot” that it was his or her turn. If you’re a Plymouth Rock auto insurance customer, we’ll pay up to $50 for your taxi or rideshare through our Get Home Safe® (Certain restrictions apply.)
Do you have any tips to survive the holiday season? Please share them with us in the comments below.