Holiday Driving Tips From A Personal Injury Lawyer In Baton Rouge
The National Safety Council estimates there are roughly 343 fatalities during the Christmas Holiday period every year within the US, on average. Additionally, there on average 373 fatalities during New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day alone. The dangers motorists face during the holiday season are much higher than the rest of the year. That being said, our team at WFCW would like to provide few tips to mitigate as much of the danger as possible when you are on the roads this Christmas season.
Maintain Your Vehicle
Before taking your vehicle out for some holiday shopping or a leisurely drive, make sure you’re up to date with all the recommended maintenance. In addition to consulting your owners manual, check your battery for corrosion and test it for strength. After, check your tires by performing the quarter test. This assesses the wear on the tread so you know when to replace them. The rule of thumb is that if the top of Ole Washington’s head is exposed at any point, it’s replacement time. While you’re at it, have your local mechanic take a look at your brake pads for safe measure. Keeping up with this preventative maintenance this holiday season could save you from a Chrismas disaster.
Don’t Get Run Over By A Reindeer
There is something to be said about preparedness. Having a plan before you get on the road diminishes an opportunity for externals to affect your safety. The way our team likes to think about it is with the acronym, WWGD or “What Would Grandma Do?” We understand that it might sound silly, but we all know the jingle, right? If grandma got run over by a reindeer, what safety precautions could she have taken? Examples of this could be as simple as making sure you buckle up, watching your speed, and checking road conditions via local Baton Rouge radio stations such as Eagle 98.1. For a more modern touch, maybe consider downloading a traffic app such as Waze and checking your next route. Lastly, if possible, try to schedule your errands during daylight hours to reduce the possibility of an accident. Simple routine adoptions such as these could make all the difference in the world when it comes to your safety behind the wheel.
DDD For You And Me
One obvious acronym for motorists that has been the basis for most state public service announcements over the last two decades is “Don’t Drink and Drive.” While this is important to stay mindful of, we would also like for you to keep “Don’t Drive Drowsy” at the top of your mind. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, one in five fatalities associated with automobile accidents involves a drowsy driver. We bring this to your attention to remind you to get a good night’s sleep before you get behind the wheel. If you have to drive a long distance this holiday season, plan on stopping every two hours, or 100 miles, to take a break. For example, grab something caffeinated or a restroom break in order to stretch your legs. If possible take turns driving with any passengers riding with you. Overall, make sure you’re as aware as you can be.
Merry Christmas From WFCW Law Firm In Baton Rouge
Our team at Wilson, Fontenot, Cambell, and Whittington would like to wish you a safe and very Merry Christmas. If you happen to be involved in a car accident this holiday season, please call us at 225-383-4114 for a free consultation. For any extra questions, feel free to email us at email@example.com or submit an inquiry online. Our team ay WFCW cares about your safety. Have a happy and healthy holiday season!