How To Stay Safe And Avoid Accidents During Your Holiday Travel

November marks the start of the holiday season, and many people are getting ready for holiday road trips. These trips can be fun, but the long driving hours and increased traffic from other holiday travelers can lead to a greater risk of a collision. Santa Ana Body Shop wants you to have a successful holiday road trip, so we’ve listed some helpful tips to keep you safe and avoid an accident while travelling:

  1. Plan Your Route Ahead of Time

Planning your route ahead of time prevents you from having to take your eyes off the road to look at your map or GPS. Additionally, if you know which route you will be taking before you begin your trip, you can research weather conditions and typical traffic conditions in the area. You can also check which routes avoid construction areas, where accidents are more likely to occur.

  1. Switch Up Drivers

Road trips often include long hours of driving. Depending on one person to drive the full distance increases your risk for a collision. Staring at an open road for hours tends to cause drowsiness. Switch drivers every few hours to make sure the driver of the car is well rested and fully alert.

  1. Avoid Driving at Night

Driving conditions are more dangerous at night. Factors such as reduced visibility and nocturnal animals increase your risk of being involved in an accident at night. Once you have determined your route, look for hotels to rest at along the way. Book a room in advance to ensure you have a place to get some much-needed sleep during your travels.

  1. Drive the Speed Limit

While you may be excited to reach your destination, driving the speed limit is important. Not only does speeding increase your chances of a collision, it also makes you more likely to get a ticket. Driving the speed limit allows you to be more aware of your surroundings, such as other drivers or any debris on the road.

  1. Bring Your Vehicle in for Service

Before driving for an extensive distance, you’ll want to make sure your vehicle is running at its best. If possible, have your vehicle serviced at least a week before the trip in case any unexpected service or repairs are needed. Have your vehicle checked for:

  • Brakes and brake fluid
  • Hoses
  • Tires and tire pressure
  • Belts
  • Fluid levels
  • Cooling and heating systems

At Santa Ana Body Shop, we understand that the holidays are about family and enjoying time together. We are a leading name in auto body and collision repair in Houston, Texas. Call our West 34th St location at (713) 956-0524 or our Jones Road location at (281) 916-2001 to get started today!

Written by Santa Ana Body Shop