Though the busy Thanksgiving travel days are behind us, the holiday season is still in full swing. People all over South Carolina & Georgia will be loading up into cars and onto planes to visit their loved ones — or to simply take a well-deserved vacation.
If you’re planning on driving this holiday season, whether it’s across town or across the country, it’s important to keep safety in mind. With more cars on the road, the potential for accidents drastically increases. As car accident lawyers, we want to help everyone in South Carolina & Georgia travel safely during the holidays.
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Best and Worst Days for Holiday Travel
One of the easiest ways to reduce the heightened risk of car accidents this season is to avoid the busiest days of travel.
Christmas falls on a Tuesday this year, meaning the weekend before (December 22nd and 23rd) will be some of the busiest days on the road. However, Christmas Eve (Monday, December 24th) will be a much easier travel day, assuming most people will be at their destination by then.
In addition to the weekend before Christmas, the day after Christmas is expected to be a very busy travel day. Whether you’re driving or flying, travel will most likely be less congested on Thursday, December 27th or Friday, December 28th.
Holiday Safety Tips Infographic
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Safety Tips for Road Travel
Statistically, flying is one of the safest modes of travel. But many will be driving their vehicle through South Carolina and to other destinations. If you’re driving this holiday season, even if it’s just to the airport, follow these tips to make sure you arrive safely:
Get Your Vehicle Ready
Before you embark on a road trip, make sure your car is ready for it. Get your fluids topped off, get your tires checked, and make sure your vehicle is ready for the cold weather this season.
Emergency Kit Preparedness
While you’re prepping your car, make sure you have an emergency kit ready. This should include tools like jumper cables and a spare tire. It should also include a first aid kit, blankets, nonperishable food and bottled water.
Be Ready for Icy Roads
This winter is supposed to be a cold one. That means ice on the roads is highly likely, especially if you’re driving north for the holidays. Drive slowly, and make sure you don’t make any sudden moves if you find yourself sliding.
If you’ll be driving through an area where snow is expected, it may help to have snow chains or other anti-skid devices to aid traction on the road.
Plan for Your Trip
Relying solely on your phone or GPS for directions can be a mistake. If the device dies or loses signal, you could get lost. Instead, plan your trip and take a road map with you. If your device stops working, rely on a passenger to read the map for you, or pull over to figure out where you’re going.
While you’re planning your trip, make sure someone you trust knows where you’re going and has an outline of your itinerary. That way, if something goes wrong and you don’t show up on time, someone will have information that could help to find you.
Know the Number of a South Carolina Car Accident Lawyer
Even if everyone follows the safety points above, with millions of people driving, there are bound to be car accidents this holiday season. If you find yourself injured in a wreck, call a South Carolina car accident attorney at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers today for a free, no-obligation consultation. We’re here 24/7 to take your call.