ASK GARY: How can I keep my family safe during the holiday season?
During this festive holiday season, many of us are spread thin running around shopping and attending many holiday events, gatherings and celebrations. At this most wonderful time of the year, it’s important to keep road safety in mind. The streets are busier and drivers are distracted by their holiday to do lists.
Here are a few friendly tips to stay safe on the roads during the holiday season.
Slow it down. In the rush to finish holiday shopping, attend events or parties, you may be tempted to speed. More police are on the road throughout the season, and a speeding ticket is not likely on your holiday wish list.
Don’t drink and drive. If you are going to a holiday party and plan to have an alcoholic beverage, don’t drive. Plan a safe alternative to get home; take a cab, designate a driver, or take public transit. A new trend I’ve seen is to have a guest designated driver be available all night at holiday parties.
Wear your seatbelt. It’s tempting to skip the seatbelt when you are wearing a bulky winter coat and cumbersome gloves, but don’t do it. You’ll also be safer if you happen to have an accident in the inclement weather conditions which often occur during the holiday season.
Don’t talk and drive/Don’t text and drive. Don’t call your mother in between stores to find out a gift idea for your father. Calling and driving is a dangerous distraction. Likewise for texting.
Keep a roadside emergency kit in your trunk. If you get stranded in the cold during harsh winter weather, an emergency kit is a must. Your kit should include blankets, a shovel, salt, an ice scraper, a flashlight and flares.
The holidays are a wonderful time to catch up with family and friends, but it is also one of the most dangerous times of the year to travel by car.
Stay safe on the road and enjoy the holiday season!