Holiday Travel Season Approaches: Tips to Stay Safe
4 Tips for Safe Holiday Travel
Thanksgiving is next week. That means you probably have your travel plans finalized if you are going to be heading out of town. Statistics show that around 40 million people travel every year for Thanksgiving, with many of them hitting the road.
Keeping your vehicle maintained is the first step to having a safe holiday trip; you can read about how to keep it maintained in our previous blog on vehicle maintenance. When you’re out and about for the holiday season, there are a few more things to keep in mind.
Have a Safety Plan
Knowing the route is the first step. Knowing what you can do in an emergency situation along the way is the next.
Does your vehicle have all of the essentials it needs for the trunk? If not, then you need to make sure that you’re stocked up before you hit the road. Know how to change a tire, understand what to do if there are cell phone “dead” spots along the way, and most importantly how to be safe if you are involved in an accident.
Prepare for the worst and you won’t be caught off guard.
Understand What Your Vehicle can Handle
When you’re traveling by car, it’s tempting to throw everything in there. Will you need 8 pairs of shoes? Maybe, toss ‘em in! Is it necessary to bring your entire rock collection? Grandpa and Grandma might want to see, bring it along!
Your vehicle has a specific weight limit. Going over that might not hurt it if you’re just going down the block, but overloading the vehicle is never safe and can cause serious damage. Keep things light, no need to go overboard.
Know the Laws of Other States
You probably know the laws for driving in Montana. You do it every day. But do you know the nuances of other states? For example most states allow you to turn right on red; in New York City, you cannot.
Traffic laws around the country are mostly the same as they are here. But there can be some differences that could land you with a fat ticket if you aren’t careful. Know the nuances so that you are safe.
Know the Weather Reports
Weather can move in quickly. If you’re on the interstate, it’s no fun to be caught in a blizzard. When you’re traveling it may seem like you don’t have any other options, but knowing what’s coming up can help you be safe.
Before you travel, be ready to adjust your plans if crazy weather is on its way. If a blizzard is forecast for the day you want to come home, consider traveling a day early or a day later. Being flexible means you have the ability to avoid driving in the worst conditions.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Vehicles
If you’re in a minor wreck while traveling, wait until you’re home to have your vehicle repaired. Small dents and dings are a nuisance, but they can be repaired at the best auto body repair shop in Montana. Bigger accidents, however, mean you’ll have to find a trusted auto body repair shop wherever you may be.