Do your part to stay safe on your holiday travels

Traveling for the holidays may be an activity that you have become accustomed to over the years. Maybe your travels started when you were away at college and came home for the break, or maybe you started traveling back home after moving away for work. You may even travel to multiple locations on the same day to see both your family and your spouse's family. Whatever the reason, you plan to be on the road this holiday season.

Unfortunately, many other people also have the same plans, which means that the roadways will be jam-packed with travelers trying to get to their intended destinations. This time of year is no stranger to serious and even fatal car accidents, so it is wise to do your best to remain safe.

Do your part

If you want to reach your destination safely, you can take several steps to help yourself reach that goal. Some tips include the following:

  • Set an early departure time: Hitting the road early in the morning can often help avoid some of the more serious traffic that could come later in the day as more travelers get going.
  • Avoid all distractions: You may get texts or calls from loved ones looking for travel updates, but rather than answering them yourself, let someone else in the car be the messenger.
  • Take your time: You may find yourself falling a little behind schedule and may feel the urge to up your speed a bit. However, speeding can quickly cause an accident, especially if road conditions are questionable, so arrive a little late and uninjured instead of ending up in the hospital.
  • Make sure your vehicle is in working order: It is always wise to keep your vehicle regularly maintained, but you may want to get your fluids topped off, have your tires checked and ensure that your headlights are clear before starting your holiday journey.

This time of year is one that brings many people joy, but it can also be stressful and hazardous. If you are going to be on the roads, remember these safety tips and brush up on a few others that could help you arrive safely. Though you may know the New Jersey roads like the back of your hand, you never know how another driver will act, and a serious accident could take place at any time.

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