If there’s one thing that’s true of a large majority during the holidays it’s traveling in some respect. Whether you’re traveling 15 miles or 300, road safety should be your top concern. People are on the roads that only drive a handful of times throughout the year and most everyone is distracted in some way or another; it’s one of the most dangerous times of the year to travel, but you also don’t have an option unless you want to miss your loved ones for the holiday season. Mobile Detailing Pros is here to help you get to your holiday festivities safely with our top five driving safety tips for the holidays.
1) Make Sure Your Vehicle is in Good Condition
The very first step to traveling safely is ensuring your vehicle is in the best condition it can be. Get an inspection, change your oil if necessary, and have your vehicle’s interior and exterior detailed. This will ensure you won’t face any avoidable engine failures or damages as you travel and your vehicle is in top condition. Remember, you’ll need to get your vehicle detailed after you return to remove the road salt and prevent damages to your finish.
2) Keep with Traffic
Many people make the mistake of thinking that driving slower is inherently safer, which actually couldn’t be further from the truth, especially on the interstate. It’s important that you keep moving with traffic; don’t drive too fast or too slow. If you keep at the speed traffic at which is moving and at the appropriate distance, you’ll be much safer on the road.
3) Stay Alert
As we mentioned before, most of the drivers on the road during the holidays are highly distracted. People pull crazy moves, particularly on the interstate. It’s crucial that you stay alert and focused as you’re driving so you can be prepared to react in a moment’s notice if necessary to keep yourself safe.
4) Minimize Distractions
In order to stay alert, as mentioned in the last section, you have to be willing to minimize distractions in your vehicle. You’re likely distracted enough with everything going on with the holidays and reaching your destination, you don’t need anything else detracting from your focus. Keep your conversation to a minimum, don’t put on the radio, minimize distracting sounds in the vehicle, and whatever else you need to do to keep yourself from being distracted.
5) Don’t Make Foolish, Rash Decisions
Part of the reason that traffic is so bad during the holidays is that the roads are full of distracted people making sudden, unwise decisions when driving. If you miss your exit or turn, don’t snap quickly into the lane to catch it without looking at the other vehicles around you; get the next exit or turn and turn around. Everyone on the road is in a rush to reach their destination, but nothing is as important as your family and your safety.
No matter where you’re traveling this holiday season, make sure you get there safely. From all of us at Mobile Detailing Pros, we wish you a happy holiday season!