During this time of the year, we relish in the ability to take some much-needed time off work and reunite with loved ones we haven’t seen since last year. As happy as this time of year can make us, the unfortunate aspect all too many of us to face is the fact that we often have to travel.
The Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that, during the Christmas and New Year season, travel increases by 23 percent as compared to the rest of the year. Whether you’ll be traveling to see family or just on the road to take care of business, keep in mind that there are more vehicles on the road along with an increased risk for encountering dangerous situations.
Proper Vehicle Inspections
Especially if you’ll be putting a lot of miles on your vehicle this holiday season, now’s a good time to have a thorough inspection done by a qualified mechanic. Aside from changing fluids and checking basic mechanics, you should also have your mechanic:
- Check your tires
- Check your coolant levels
- Inspect your vehicle’s heating system
Temperatures can be bitter cold this time of year, and a simple inspection can keep you from finding yourself stranded on the side of the road.
Tips for Motorcycle Riders
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t take your bike out for a ride. In fact, many riders prefer the cooler temperatures. If you’re planning on being out on the road this holiday season, there are a few tips you should be sure to consider employing including:
- If you require glasses, invest in a quality helmet for glasses that will enhance your visibility while also protecting your head.
- Always ride equipped with contact information for a motorcycle-specific towing service.
- Make sure you watch the weather forecast if you’re planning on distance travel. If snow is in the forecast, arrange another form of transportation.
Picking the Right Time of Day
When you plan your trip right, you can avoid peak traffic. The key is to try to arrange for the bulk of your travel to be done either early in the morning or late at night. The reason for this is simple: it’s during these hours when most people are asleep. Once you arrive at your destination, you can catch up on sleep and enjoy the fact that you got your family where you were headed safely.
Along the same lines of thinking, try to avoid traveling on a holiday. This is when the bulk of travelers will be out on the roads, and cases of accidents inevitably rise. Not to mention, if you’ll be traveling via airplane, you can expect to pay quite a bit more for your ticket. Instead, head out a few days ahead of time. Not only do you get to avoid the increase in traffic and travel prices, but you can also enjoy a few more days with your loved ones.
Making the Most of This Holiday Season
This is that special time of year when we get to set aside our responsibilities and enjoy the company of the ones we love. Whether you have to drive across the country or just across town to enjoy this time, it’s important to keep in mind that there is going to be an increase in traffic.
It’s estimated by the American Automobile Association that 98.6 million Americans will be traveling this holiday season, and this is up four percent from last year. As you venture out on the road, it’s important to keep defensive driving in mind. When you follow these helpful tips, you can help yourself and everyone around you make the most of this holiday season.