Holidays are the season for merriment, but definitely not the time to slack off in driving. Road accidents can still happen especially when you and your loved ones decide to go on vacation in remote areas or when you hastily run back and forth to the shopping centers for errands.
Factors such as heavy flow of traffic, slippery roads during cold season, lack of focus, worn-out motorcycle helmets, and others can contribute to accidents during holidays. Sometimes, you even get too zealous of the upcoming parties, you missed seeing that pedestrian on your left.
Here are a few tips to help you avoid accidents during holidays.
Wear Your Seat Belt
This sounds so elementary. But mind you, some drivers overlook the wearing of seat belt because of holiday rush. You might even think that since there are too many cars in the streets during holidays, you can just ease your way out of the policemen’s radar. You may not be caught by authorities, but you also make yourself more prone to accidents especially when you ride motorbikes.
When riding bikes, you need to wear your motorcycle helmets properly. Don’t just put them on for the sake of following rules. Even when you’re about to be late for your friend’s party, still take time to adjust the straps to fit the helmet to your head. If you have custom motorcycle helmets, you need lesser time putting them on because they’re already tailored to your size.
During holidays, your schedule may be filled with many events, activities, and errands. Planning and prioritization are important.
Most accidents happen is because of high speeds and distractions. When you anticipate the travel time plus traffic, you have no reason to rush at all. When you plan your tasks and deadlines, there’s less worry for you and therefore, less distractions.
Check the Weather
This is appropriate for those who plan to travel on holidays. Wearing the most expensive and durable custom motorcycle helmets cannot save you from bad weather. You end up risking your health or worse, your life if you fail to check on the weather reports.
When you know it’s going to be hot and windy the next day, you become better prepared with what to pack and what to wear. Overall, this spells comfortable and safe driving for you and your loved ones.
Bring Tools with You
Every driver must have their own tool kit even when it’s not holidays. But check your tools if you intend to travel for vacation. You can also bring spare tires, motorcycle helmets, and medicines, since you never know what will go wrong when you travel during holidays. It’s also handy to have contact numbers of auto shops that cater to emergencies.
Know the Route
The danger lies in unfamiliar terrains. There may be blind curves, sharp turns and slippery highways you’re not accustomed to. If you’re new to the route, you may just hire other skilled drivers so you can at least relax. If you’d rather drive, then you need to exercise caution by driving slow and being mindful of the surroundings.
While accidents cannot be totally foreseen, the tips above help motorists reduce likelihood of getting injured during travel. Holidays are definitely the perfect time to bond with friends and family. You most definitely do not want to spoil that because of carelessness.