6 Holiday Driving Tips

The holiday season is in full swing, and with it
brings joy, family, friends, and more cars on the road. There’s no getting
around it, to see our loved ones we need to get behind the wheel. It’s not a
bad thing; we just need to take extra caution, because everyone else is doing
the same thing. The weather makes for tougher driving conditions, and the
additional cars make for a higher chance of accidents. Do not fear! Your
favorite Omaha auto repair shop has six ways to increase your safety on the
road this holiday season.

Plan Ahead

The best plan for safety is having a good plan.
Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is ready for travel.
Checking tire pressure, gas, and battery are the basics. Check the weather
before hitting the road. If a storm is coming or in progress, you might want to
wait it out. Don’t forget to keep a windshield scraper in your vehicle!

Stay Fresh and Alert

Never drive if you’re tired. Make sure you’re
well-rested before a long drive. The National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration reported that from 2009 to 2013, 72,000 accidents, 44,000
injuries, and 800 deaths were attributed to driver fatigue. Take turns driving
if your trip is long, or take regular rest stop breaks and naps.

Watch Your Speed

The only thing tailgating causes are accidents.
Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to the traffic around you.
For every one percent increase in speed, a driver’s chance of an accident
increases by two percent. You may arrive at your destination 5 minutes faster
when you speed, but your safety and well-being are worth much more than 5
minutes of extra time.

Drive Defensively

It’s true, increased holiday traffic and winter
road conditions can be frustrating. When there’s an aggressive driver
tailgating you take the high road and let them pass or get through
intersections ahead of you. Put the safety of everyone in your car first by
anticipating bad behavior from aggressive drivers.

Never Drive Impaired

Never drink and drive. If you’re going to enjoy
adult beverages during the holidays, always act like an adult, and use a
designated driver, call an Uber or Lyft. There’s never a reason to get behind
the wheel after drinking.

Avoid Distractions

Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off
the road for five seconds. At 55 mph, that’s enough time to travel the distance
of an entire football field. Driving requires 100% of your focus and attention.
If you need to read or reply to a text, pull off to the side of the road or
into a parking lot.

Happy Holidays from Jensen Service & Diagnostic

We wish you and your family a safe and joyful
holiday season. It’s the time of the year to enjoy family and friends, reflect,
and rest. It’s also a great time to prepare for next year. If you need a
tune-up or some repairs before the new year, drop by, and we’ll get you taken
care of.

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