Thanksgiving is Thursday and the holiday party season has begun. With the next few months filled with celebrations that include friends and family, there is an increased rick of car accidents because of increased traffic, driver distraction and driving under the influence.
Holiday safety tips for Seattle drivers
- Be sure that your car has been serviced, especially if you are travelling across a mountain pass or travelling to a ski resort. Making sure that your vehicle has been winterized including checking your tire pressure and anti freeze can help make your car safe.
- Clean inside your car before travelling. Extraneous “stuff” in your car can pose a hazard.
- Equip your vehicle with an emergency kit. Driving conditions in Western Washington can be treacherous when there is frost, ice and snowy conditions. Be sure you pack an emergency kit in case your car breaks down or you get into an accident. An emergency kit should include a blanket, a flashlight, ice scraper, flares and jumper cables.
- Check road conditions. The Washington State Department of Transporation has an excellent website which can provide road and mountain pass information. The website provides live webcam feeds which can show you what kind of traffic you are likely to encounter. In severe weather, it is wise to avoid certain roads or to postpone one’s trip.
- Take your time. Be sure you give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and do not speed or drive aggressively.
- Use your seat belt. Make sure you use your seat belt and also make sure that your passengers buckle up as well. Seat belts do save lives in an auto accident.
- Avoid alcohol. Many people celebrate the holidays with alcoholic beverages and eggnog. Be sure to avoid alcohol before driving or use a designated driver that refrains completely from drinking.
- Spread your holiday cheer and be courteous and patient with other drivers. Be sure to signal and to follow all traffic laws.