The roads teem with vehicles during the December rush. In addition to the regular traffic, more people crowd stores and restaurants, with holiday cheer extending as long as somebody who doesn’t have a parking spot stolen. You know to lock your car, take your things, and to not give thieves a reason to show an interest in your belongings. You’re even used to seeing and hearing ads recommending that you refrain from drinking and driving.
Yet, this time of year still tends to see a rise in car accidents. Holiday parties increase the likelihood of drunk and buzzed driving. This combined with an increase in stressed drivers trying to make the most of their shopping days before Christmas can make for a risky road environment.
Be careful out there.
Make Plans For Your Plans
If you plan to drink, make plans to have a designated driver. Consider Uber or Lyft as a solution. Just make sure you get to and from the party safe. Also, look out for your family, friends, and co-workers. Make certain nobody gets behind the wheel unless they are sober.
If you plan to shop, allow for more patience than normal. Put on the Christmas music (or whatever relaxes you), allow for the longer stops at red lights and for when finding a parking spot. Don’t race through yellow or red lights. The stores stay open a little later this time of year. Your life and the lives of your loved ones are more important than that perfect gift.
Don’t Skimp on Maintenance
Also, make sure you keep your vehicle maintained. This time of year may tempt you to put off recommended, scheduled, or need repair in favor of purchasing gifts. A safe vehicle makes for a great gift year round. Don’t put it off.
Enjoy this time of year, especially if you are celebrating with family, friends, and co-workers. However, make certain your behavior in your vehicle guarantees you and others will welcome the New Year.
At LNIA, we’d like to help you insure your safe vehicle and provide the added peace of knowing you’re covered well on the risky roads this winter.
The LNIA Team