PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania. If you plan to drive unfamiliar roads to visit family and friends this holiday season, you are not alone.
Unfamiliar roads pose unique hazards. The terrain and road conditions might be unknown or unfamiliar. You may be more reliant on your map or GPS for navigation, and you may not always know the stops along the way. Combine this with winter weather and increased traffic over the holiday season and it becomes clear why holiday travel and why travel on unfamiliar roads can sometimes be stressful—and at times, dangerous.
However, there are many ways that you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe when driving on unfamiliar roads. What are some steps you can take?
Good Housekeeping recommends that you avoid traveling alone. Carpooling or traveling with friends or family gives you the chance to ask your passengers to help you navigate. This means that you can keep your attention on where it matters most—the road ahead of you. Not only does carpooling help the environment, it can also cut the costs of your holiday travel.
In addition to planning to include travel companions, you should also carefully plan your trip ahead of time. Check the weather conditions. Purchase paper maps and familiarize yourself with the roads you will be taking. The Globe and Mail recommends that solo travelers plan where they will stop for gas ahead of time, sticking to populated rest stops and cities. However, the advice is good for travelers who are riding with companions. The last thing you want is a five, ten, or fifteen-mile detour because someone needs to use the restroom or the car needs gas.
Before leaving home, make sure that your car’s systems are good for long travels. Check your tires. Make sure you have tires that are appropriate for winter travel. Check your brakes and battery. A quick tune up can save you the hassle of an unexpected breakdown or delay.
Next, prepare and bring an emergency kit for winter travel. Should you get stuck in a storm or due to a breakdown, you’ll want to be prepared to keep yourself safe. If you do break down, stay in your car and call for help, if you can. Carry warm blankets, extra clothes, snacks, and water, as well as a flashlight and shovel. Extra batteries or a phone charger can also be a lifesaver in the event of an emergency.
Finally, if you are planning to drive unfamiliar roads, be sure to let someone you trust know where you are going, when you plan to arrive, or when you plan to return. That way, if something does go wrong and you need help, family and loved ones can take steps to get you help.
Goodrich and Associates, P.C. are car accident lawyers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who wish everyone safe holiday travels. Our firm works closely with individuals who have been hurt in a car crash, helping them negotiate with insurance companies and assisting them in seeking damages for their losses. If you have been in an accident, you don’t need to navigate the aftermath alone. Visit us at http://www.goodrichpc.com/ to learn more.
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