Road trips are part of the holidays for many families, but unfortunately, accident rates also spike during the season. The good news is that there are many different things you can do to make sure you road trip is as safe possible for you and your passengers, so you don’t have to deal with accidents, towing, and other incidents that will derail your plans. As you get set to hit the road this holiday season, keep these safer driving tips in mind.
Give Yourself Plenty of Time for Travel
Fatigue is one of the biggest risk factors for road accidents. Drowsy driving can be just as dangerous—or even more so—than driving while intoxicated. However, behind the wheel on a road trip, most people feel a significant amount of pressure to keep going with a few stops and as little rest as possible. This strategy puts you and your family at risk. Instead of pushing yourself to the extreme, leave with enough time to make plenty of stops, and break up the driving, so you are refreshed when you’re behind the wheel.
Get Your Vehicle Serviced
The last thing you want to experience when you’re traveling for the holidays is a broken-down vehicle that needs to be towed away. Before you drive, get your tires checked, oil changed, fluid levels checked, and other basic maintenance performed on your vehicle. This will reduce the chances of a breakdown and help you uncover any minor issues in your vehicle that could cause problems as you travel.
Check the Weather
Winter weather is unpredictable, and storms could leave you stranded. Check the weather on your route and adjust your plans as needed. Snow, ice, wind, and rain can all make for treacherous conditions, so stay off the roads if the weather looks ominous.
If trouble does occur when you’re traveling for the holidays, Barnett’s Towing is here to help. Call us if you get stranded, and we’ll get your vehicle towed as quickly as possible. For 24-hour towing in Arizona, call (800) 722-2302.