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The Christmas season brings about lots of travel for people across the state, and the country. While there will be an influx of drivers on the roads, it is important to be prepared before you travel so that you can avoid a potential problem. Whether you are just driving down the road to your local airport or are driving to a different state, be prepared with travel tips from the Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C.
Maintain your vehicle
It is easy to forget about getting the proper maintenance done on your vehicle before you leave town, but this is essential if you are trekking hundreds of miles. Go ahead and take your vehicle in to have the fluid levels checked, get an oil change if necessary, and make sure you have good tires in case you encounter winter weather. Remember to have the air pressure checked, including the air in your spare tire. Account for winter weather conditions if necessary.
Pack an emergency kit
An emergency kit should be in your vehicle at all times, not just when you travel. Be prepared by stocking your kit with necessities that you may need should you break down on the road. Pack spare blankets, flashlights and extra batteries, nonperishable snacks, water, basic hand tools, and a charger for your phone. If you are traveling to an area that is likely to experience winter weather, be sure to keep chains in your car (for your tires), or some sand or cat litter to help with traction should you get stuck. A shovel can also be helpful to dig your car out of the snow if necessary.
Map your route
Be prepared before you travel and map out the route that you plan to take. It can help you determine areas of road construction, in case you prefer to avoid these areas. It may also be helpful to plan an alternate route in case you run into traffic or need to take a detour. Remember that this time of year the roads will have heavy traffic; slow down, take your time, and do not speed.
Get update on the weather
Be sure to check the weather conditions ahead of time so that you can plan to leave early if you are running on a tight schedule. Knowing what to expect weather wise may also help you better prepare for an emergency. For instance, if you know heavy rain is in the forecast, you may want to bring some rain gear to wear in case you break down and need to walk to get help. Be knowledgeable about driving safely in winter weather.
Check the weather
No matter where you plan on going, check the weather ahead of time. This way, you can be prepared and may even need to pack additional supplies in your emergency kit. For instance, if you are going to be driving through a lot of rainy weather, consider some ponchos or rain gear in case you have to get out and walk a ways to get help. If winter weather lies ahead, you may need to brush up on your winter weather driving skills. And, allow for more time if need be. Just be sure to let your host know that you may arrive later than planned.
Keep kids entertained
Kids can get antsy when riding in the car, which can pose a major distraction for the driver. If you are traveling with kids, be sure to pack games, books, and other items that will keep them occupied while riding in the car. Remember that kids tend to have to take bathroom breaks more often than adults, so plan for those extra stops as well. You may also want to bring some drinks and snacks to keep the kids from getting hungry between stops to eat.
Take a break
You may not realize it, but driver fatigue is a real thing. Be sure to stop and take a break about every 100 miles so that you can stretch your legs, and get the blood pumping through your body. These breaks will help you stay alert so that you can drive safely. Remember, if you feel tired, pull over and take a break.
Don’t drink and drive
We cannot iterate this enough. The holidays are full of good cheer, and usually alcohol, but that does not mean you have to get behind the wheel after you have enjoyed some adult beverages. Don’t drink if you have to drive yourself afterward.
Personal Injury Attorney in Tri Cities
If you are the unfortunate victim of a car wreck this holiday season, contact personal injury attorney Michael R. Munsey by calling (276) 451-2056 to schedule a free consultation.
The Law Offices of Michael R. Munsey, P.C., are proud to serve clients in Bristol, Kingsport and Johnson City, TN, as well as Bristol, VA.