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Tips From A Denver Auto Accident Attorney: Stay Safe on the Roads During the Holidays

Mark A. Simon Nov. 11, 2016

During the holiday season, many people pack up their bags and hit the road to visit loved ones across the country. But unfortunately, when there are more drivers on the road, there tends to be more accidents, too. If you plan on taking a road trip this holiday season, follow these tips from a Denver auto accident attorney:

Be Flexible.

Weather can be unpredictable during the cold winter months, so try to be flexible with your driving plans. If you aren’t flexible, you may be stuck driving through a particularly bad snowstorm, which can create very dangerous driving conditions. Family members and friends will understand if you show up a little later than you expected. Remember, your safety is more important than showing up on time.

Check Your Car.

Before heading out on a road trip, have a professional check your car to ensure it is ready for the ride. The oil, tires, lights, belts, and battery should all be operating properly if you are about to take a road trip. If any issues are discovered—for example, if a headlight is out—take care of this prior to hitting the road.

Bring a Buddy.

Don’t ever try to take a long road trip without a buddy in the front seat. Your buddy can be in charge of reading off directions or answering your phone when it rings so you can devote your full attention to the road in front of you. Plus, if you get tired and feel like you shouldn’t drive anymore, you can always ask your buddy to take the wheel while you get a little rest.

Look out For Deer.

Deer are much more present on the roads during the fall and winter months, so it’s important to keep an eye out for these majestic creatures while you drive. Deer are usually out during the early morning and evening hours, so this is when you should exercise extreme caution. If it’s dark out, use your high beams when you are driving on a one-way road so you can have a better view of what is in front of you. Learn 7 ways to avoid hitting a deer.

Stay Calm.

Because there are so many drivers on the road, you should expect delayed travel times. There may even be congestion in areas that are never backed up, so be prepared to slow down and wait in bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout your trip. Although getting stuck in traffic is frustrating, it’s important to stay calm behind the wheel. When drivers become agitated, they begin to drive aggressively, which puts everyone on the road in danger. Turn on soothing music and take slow, deep breaths if you become irritated. Traffic is only a minor setback, and you will still get where you need to go, so don’t let it get to you.

If you are injured in a car accident during the holiday season, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call us or contact Mark A. Simon to discuss your rights during a free consultation.