Avoiding a Car Accident during the Holiday Travel Season

Florida roadways are going to be slammed throughout the rest of the year.

We’re in the heart of the holiday travel season. That means we’ve got kids who are out of school, Floridians cashing in on their vacation time and seasonal residents venturing south. With all of this in mind, car accident risks are on the rise — and their rising quickly. Our Fort Lauderdale accident attorneys are here to offer you some safety tips to help to ensure a safe trip for you and your family this holiday season.

Holiday Travel Tips from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV):

-Make sure that someone knows where you’re going and when you plan on returning. Notify them when you arrive and when you depart. It’s always good to have a close friend or family member keeping tabs on you should something happen.

-Always travel with a cell phone. Keep a car charger in your vehicle or an extra battery handy, too!

-Be sure to always keep your car doors locks and your windows rolled up, especially when stopped.

-Make sure that your leave a good amount of room between you and the car in front of you, especially when stopped — in case you get boxed in.

-Never stop in areas that are dark or underpopulated to ask for directions. Always find a bright, public place.

-Never pick up a hitchhiker.

-If you think you spot a drunk driver, report them by calling 9-1-1 of *347 (FHP). We want unsafe drivers off of our roadways this season!

-Make sure that you check to make sure that your car is up to par. The gas should be full, fluids under the hood should be topped off and your tires shouldn’t be too worn.

-Never advertise that you’re from out of town. This makes you an easy target for predators.

-If you experience any mechanical problems or a flat tire, don’t get out of your vehicle. Move your car off to the side of the road and call for help. If someone approaches your vehicle, crack the window and ask them to call for help, too.

-If you think you’re being followed, do not go home. You’re only telling the follower where you live. Call 9-1-1 or drive to a police station.

-Never drink and drive. Always designate a sober driver to get you home safely.

-Know where you’re going before you depart. You don’t want to mess with road maps or GPS systems while behind the wheel.

-Know the road laws of the places you’ll be traveling to and driving through.

-Always wear your seat belt. It’s your best defense against injury and death in the event of an accident.

-Leave for your destination with plenty of time to spare. This will help to cut down on rushing and minimize the risks for aggressive driving habits.

If you or a loved one has been injured, contact Fort Lauderdale Accident Attorney Richard Ansara at 954 761-3641 or toll-free at 877-277-3780 for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your rights.

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