Safety Driving Tips During Holiday Travel
December 9, 2019
December 9, 2019
The time that you spend with your family and your friends is always extremely important. But that time becomes even more significant during the holiday season. In some situations, your ability to visit with the people that you care about most will involve driving for a considerable distance. Being able to enjoy the special moments with those you love and appreciate is certainly worth the time that you are investing in your trip.
But it is imperative that you keep safety at the top of your priorities at all times before you depart for your trip. It is equally important that you reduce the risk of all hazards as you travel to and from your destination. Because driving for a long distance during the holidays can provide the potential for you to encounter winter weather, a reduction in the hours of daylight, unexpected driving hazards, and unfamiliar situations once you are away from your home.
Prepare Your Vehicle
The National Safety Council has also stated that it is important to make sure that your vehicle is fully prepared before you begin your holiday travel. This process includes checking your battery because lower temperatures also reduce your battery power as you travel.
You should also make sure that your vehicle is equipped with winter tires that have the proper tread for any type of winter weather that you might encounter during your journey. This is also the case for your tire pressure. This is beneficial because the pressure also drops as you travel in colder temperatures.
You should also check your wiper blades, and make sure that you have a proper amount of wiper fluid before you leave. It is also recommended that you keep your gas tank at least half full at all times. This will reduce the risk of a gas line freeze with your vehicle.
It will be beneficial to avoid waiting until the day of your trip to make these preparations. Then, you can focus on making sure that you receive an adequate amount of sleep on the night before you depart. This will allow you to avoid the risk of driving while drowsy.
Bring Emergency Items
The National Safety Council has also listed a group of items that are considered to be an emergency preparedness kit. It is recommended that these emergency supplies be contained in the trunk of your vehicle.
First, you should include items to help with any type of winter weather that you might encounter. This would mean making sure that you have a shovel and a snowbrush along with some type of material for tire traction such as cat litter.
You should also bring jumper cables, a basic tool kit, a flashlight, batteries, a spare tire and tools to change the tire, a compass, a fire extinguisher, and duct tape.
Avoid Distracted Driving
It is important to make sure that you have also included chargers for your cell phones, and you should also have a list of emergency phone numbers at your disposal. But to be clear, the cell phone is a vital resource for you to have in emergency situations only. Otherwise, you are placing yourself at risk if you lose focus through the use of your phone while driving. This is referred to as distracted driving. Any type of activity that shifts your attention away from guiding your vehicle, or observing the actions of other drivers should not occur at any time.
Use Your Seatbelts
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also provides statistics regarding road safety. It is important to review these numbers, as this will emphasize the need to take every precaution that will safeguard you and your family if you are driving during the holidays. In the United States, motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for individuals between the ages of 1 and 54. Around 40,000 people were killed during automobile accidents in 2017 alone.
But many of these fatalities can be prevented. You can reduce the risk of having an issue occur by making sure to buckle all seatbelts. This applies to your belt, along with anyone who will be riding in the vehicle anytime that you travel.
Unfortunately, automobile injuries are the leading cause of fatalities for children. This should provide you with the incentive to make sure that you maintain safe driving practices at every moment. It is also important that all children remain buckled properly, and that they also sit in a car seat that is located in the back seat of your vehicle.
Teenagers must also be encouraged to fasten their seatbelts as failure to do so is a leading is a primary source of injuries for adolescents during automobile crashes.
It is also essential to remain sober if you are driving. You must remain 100% alert so that you can stay focused on your driving at all times. This will also help you observe the actions of other drivers so that you can improve the chances of keeping yourself and your family safe.
At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center We Can Help
If you have any questions about traveling during the holidays or have concerns about any aspect of your health, do not hesitate to contact us at Rapid Med Urgent Care Center. At Rapid Med, not only do we offer immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening, but we also provide both primary and preventive care.
Our Primary Care
Our intuitive approach and commitment to patients enable them to receive the specific type of care that they prefer, when and how they want it. This include:
- After Hours Care Available
- Continuity of Care
- Health Maintenance
- Patient Education
Our Preventative Care
- Alcohol Misuse Screening & Counseling
- Atherosclerosis Risk Factor Modification
- Blood Pressure Screening
- Cancer Screening
- Cholesterol Screening
- Depression Screening
- HIV-STD Screening
- Obesity Screening & Counseling
- Type 2 Diabetes Screening
- Weight Management
- Wellness Exams
Our Urgent Care
Of course, At Rapid Med Urgent Care Center we also provide immediate medical attention for conditions that are not critical or life-threatening.
- Allergies and Rashes
- Bronchitis and Pneumonia
- Evaluation of Acute Abdominal Pain
- Evaluation of Most Chest Pain
- Fevers – Down to 4 Months of Age
- Gastrointestinal Infections w/ Nausea & Vomiting
- Headaches and Migraines
- On-SiteUltrasound Diagnostics
- On-Site X-Rays
- Simple Gynecologic Problems
- Sinus Infections
- Skin Infections and Abscesses
- Sore Throats and Strep
- Urinary Tract Infections
Regardless of whether you are in need of primary care, preventative care or urgent care, you can receive the same great care and consideration that you receive by visiting our offices simply by using our On-Demand service through your phone, tablet, or computer.