Driving Safety Tips for the Holidays

With the holidays finally, here, millions of Americans are planning to hit the roads with the intention to visit friends and family far and wide. There are potential hazards that you might run into such as inclement weather, traffic congestion, and more. We thought it would be helpful to share several safety tips to take with you on the road:

  1. Plan Your Route - Before your departure, it is best to check the traffic conditions. Are there jams? What about accidents or construction projects? Such conditions may impact your ETA and slow down your travels. Furthermore, you should check the weather reports.
  2. Prep for Winter Driving - Speaking of weather, are you expecting snow or sleet? If so, you should expect low visibility and slippery roads. This is where your windshield wipers, tires, and brakes become more important than ever. We recommend checking these critical components before heading out of town for the holidays.
  3. Always Buckle Up - Wearing your seatbelt is the simplest and impactful way to be safe on the busy roads this holiday season. Always stay buckled and remind others in your car to buckle up.
  4. Don’t Drink and Drive - You should never risk the lives of your loved ones and others by drinking and driving. If you are celebrating with some drinks, make sure to always have a designated driver or other kind of backup plan. 
  5. Get a Good Night’s Rest - Driving, especially for longer periods of time, requires complete focus from the driver. That is why it is crucial that you get some rest before your long road journey. If you feel yourself dozing off, don’t hesitate to take a rest stop.
  6. Practice Defensive Driving - You should always be on the lookout for other drivers around you and how they are operating their vehicle. Some people drive more recklessly than others. That is why it is important to allow extra space between your car and others.

If your vehicle needs some fine tuning for the holidays, we invite you to South Denver Automotive for all your automotive needs. From oil changes to brake service, we can do it all to ensure your holidays are as safe as possible. Please call or visit our auto repair shop today!

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