Snow falling and a curved line of cars sitting in traffic, with slushy snow on the road.

If you plan to travel over Georgia roads this year, check out our tips for a safe and enjoyable winter road trip. Christmas is fast approaching. Outside of gift-giving, if there is one thing that is synonymous with Christmas it is family road trips. Traveling to visit friends and family is a big part of the holidays for many. That said, some road trips turn into disaster when basic safety rules are ignored. Here are some important tips to keep in mind before you set on your holiday travels.

1. Be Prepared

Your best chance of enjoying your winter road trip and arriving safely requires you to plan ahead. It starts with ensuring your vehicle is in good working order. Check your tire pressure, coolant, and oil levels. If you are due for service, take your vehicle in before your trip is set to begin. Finally, give your car a thorough clean. You want your passengers in a pleasant mood, and nobody wants to be surrounded by trash on a long trip.

2. Plan Your Trip in Advance

It is best to know your route well before you load up your vehicle. If you are driving somewhere new, it is worth carefully reviewing your travel plan. That said, even travelers heading to a familiar location should do some cursory research. Many mobile apps will advise you of hazards like construction you might not be aware of.

3. Prepare for Winter Weather

This tip doesn’t may not apply if you are headed to Key West for Christmas, but for everyone else planning for the cold is important. While unlikely, it is possible that you could be stranded by extreme weather or car trouble. When this happens, you will be thankful for packing ample warm clothing, blankets, booster cables, and even flares. Check the weather before you begin your trip at the Weather Channel’s website.

4. Avoid Distraction

This tip is helpful during any time of the year but is especially true when so many other motorists are on the road. Distracted driving is a real problem, and resulted in more than 3,100 fatalities in 2017 alone. Avoid texting or using a mobile device entirely unless it is equipped with a hands-free option. Limit the attention you pay to your infotainment center and even your passengers when possible. After all, as the driver, it is your job to get everyone there safely.

5. Keep Kids Content

One of the easiest ways to keep child-related distractions to a minimum is to ensure they are entertained. For most kids, this starts with snacks. In addition to packing plenty of snacks, having games or movies available will also save you a lot of stress. If you celebrate the holidays with gift giving, having a small present for them to open during the trip is a good way to distract them and to reward good behavior!

Involved in a Georgia Holiday Accident?

Hopefully, these tips help you to safely enjoy the holidays this year. However, if you are injured in a vehicle collision during the holidays, you might have a claim for compensation. To discuss your options with a Georgia trial attorney, contact Williams Elleby Howard & Easter as soon as possible at 833-LEGALGA.

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