Holiday travel safety tips

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we wanted to remind everyone of some travel safety tips! This week starts the beginning of the busiest time of year leading all of the way into April. With holidays, snowbirds traveling south, and the hustle of city life, it’s important to be proactive when driving. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 

  • Avoid distractions when driving. Prior to shifting your car from park into drive, set up your GPS and any other apps you need active while driving. If you have to use your phone, wait until you’ve come to a complete stop or ask a passenger to handle it for you.
  • Check that everyone in the vehicle is wearing a seat belt. There’s no substitute for your seatbelt (this includes airbags). Be sure that everyone has their lap belt around their hips and the shoulder belt across their chest, not tucked behind them (other injuries can actually be caused by doing this). Seat belts are most effective when worn properly! 
  • Have your vehicle serviced before traveling long distances. Have everything checked (especially tires) and oil changed done before traveling. This will decrease the risk of an accident significantly! 
  • Avoid driving when drowsy. If you are intending to drive during peak sleepiness times (midnight – 6 a.m), it’s important to stay vigilant. It is always better to pull over and rest than to fight your drowsiness; especially if you’re driving alone! 
  • Stay calm when you’re behind the wheel. Getting behind the wheel when you’re stressed or emotionally distraught can lead to road rage or other aggressive driving practices. You can help prevent a crash and keep others around you safe by staying calm when behind the wheel! 

In the unfortunate event that you’re involved in an accident or crash this holiday season, Cappy Law is here to help! Call or text (813) 512-6011.