Whether you are traveling for the holidays or keeping it local, holiday driving can be treacherous. Living in Maryland, you’re probably used to winter driving, but now the road is flooded with drivers who have never seen snow before. They are lost, confused, distracted on their phones, arguing with their relatives, in a hurry, full of anxiety, and some of them are either drunk or so tired they might as well be. It’s enough to make you want to just stay at home, but there are some things you can do to make your holiday driving safer and less stressful.
- Check your vehicle. Check your basic maintenance and have a full tank of gas. Some gas stations will be closed or close early on holidays and to trucks will be busy.
- Plan ahead. Know your route and make reservations if you plan to stop overnight.
- Check the weather before you hit the road.
- Use traffic apps to avoid congested areas. Do not try to use them while driving. Check before you get behind the wheel or have a passenger keep tabs on it for you.
- Avoid areas with special events, such as parades and concerts, unless you plan to attend.
- Stay off your phone while you drive. Let your friends and family know you will not be responding to calls, texts or messages while you are driving.
- Plan for driving sober, whether that means spending the night or planning ahead for a ride.
If you have been hurt in a Maryland holiday auto accident, please call Alison Mason Heurich, Esq. at 240-346-4883 or email us today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your rights.