Safe Holiday Travel on Busy Roads

The holiday season, which runs from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, is one of the busiest travel seasons of the year. More vehicles are on the road because people are going on vacation and traveling to visit friends and family. No matter how careful you are, though, you cannot avoid other people’s reckless driving.

The John Mobley Law Firm hopes you have a safe holiday season with no accidents or injuries. If you are in an accident that was not your fault, you should contact your auto accident attorney at the John Mobley Law Firm to get the compensation you deserve.

Tips for Safe Holiday Travel

Make a plan. Map your route in advance so that you know exactly where you are going. Share your plans with friends and family so that other people know where you are going.

Prepare your vehicle. Make sure you are up to date on maintenance, such as oil changes, and that your tires (including the spare), hoses, belts, etc., are in good shape. Pack everything you need to change a tire in addition to emergency equipment (flashlight, jumper cables, reflectors).

Leave early. Remember, there will be more traffic on the road. Give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination so that you are not in a hurry.

Pack appropriately for long trips. If you are taking a long driving trip, be sure to charge cellphones and in-car chargers. Pack (non-alcoholic) drinks and snacks. Passengers might want to bring pillows and blankets. If kids are going, take their favorite games or toys to help keep them occupied.

Stay on the main roads and highways. There might be more traffic, but there’s also more light, law enforcement and public safety officials. Main roads tend to be better maintained and clearly marked.

Know who to call. Research in advance and put emergency numbers in your phone’s contacts in case of an accident or emergency. In South Carolina, dial *HP to reach the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Know what to do if you have an accident. If you are involved in an accident:

• Call law enforcement to report the accident.
• If you can, take photos of the vehicles and the scene from all angles.
• Get the names and contact information of all witnesses.
• Seek medical attention, if necessary.
• If the accident is not your fault, call 833-JOHNCAN (833-564-6226). The auto accident lawyers at The John Mobley Law Firm will fight to get you the compensation you deserve.