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Here Are 8 Practical Holiday Driving Tips for Safety

Last updated on March 2, 2020 at 11:11 am

With so many parties and family get-togethers, it’s easy to get caught up in the “spirit” of the holiday season. Remember, the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign occurs this time of year. It’s important to follow these holiday driving tips from Plymouth Rock Assurance so you can be safe as you close out the year and ring in the new one. 

Drive Sober

  • Be merry (in moderation). A drunk driving fatality occurs every 51 minutes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Remember to drink in moderation during the holiday season and to have a plan to get home safe. If you’re heading out, consider switching to sparkling cider and flavored water until you’re back home.
  • 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.
  • Consider leaving your next party early. In 2012, two out of three fatalities involving a drunk driver occurred between midnight and 3 am.
  • Be Kind to Yourself and 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 turn. If you are a Plymouth Rock auto insurance customer, we’ll pay up to $50 for your taxi ride through our Get Home Safe program (certain limitations apply). 

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 for the day. After that, decide what driving or travel is essential and what can wait for better weather.
  • Prepare your tires for winter. Check that they are all-weather, inflated to the proper pressure and have sufficient tread.
  • Brake cautiously. During the winter weather, black ice can form on roads and bridges. Black ice is hard to spot, but watch for dark and glossy spots on the road. 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.

Drive Focused

  • It’s a hectic time of year. Between shopping, decorating, planning and going to parties, even Martha Stewart probably feels frazzled. Read about what usually stresses out drivers during the holidays and how you can stay focused behind the wheel.

Do you have any tips to survive the holiday season? Please share them with us in the comments below.

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