Driving Tips for Last Minute Shoppers

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Christmas is only a couple days away! Shopping for last minute gifts and organizing holiday gatherings with family and friends can be stressful. Not only do drivers have to deal with stress, but also an increase in traffic, which leads to a greater risk for car accidents. Buying gifts to make loved ones smile should be a joyful time, but last minute shopping can be overwhelming. In order to prevent an unnecessary car accident, follow these helpful tips while out driving to different stores for the perfect gift.

  • Know that there will be increased traffic due to fellow last minute shoppers, so allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Focus your attention on the road and avoid unnecessary distractions such as your cell phone.
  • Don’t run red lights and follow the posted speed limit signs.
  • Don’t drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid reckless maneuvers like weaving in and out of traffic.

Each driver is only in control of his/her own emotions while driving, so how should you react if you come across a reckless driver rushing to finish their Christmas shopping?

  • Wear your seat belt at all times and make sure that all of your passengers are wearing their seat belts.
  • Safely get out of the way of the other driver.
  • Avoid engaging the driver with eye contact or gestures that may cause further frustration.
  • Ignore any gestures the other driver may make.
  • Stay composed and continue to follow the rules of the road.

Stress from last minute holiday shopping can cause frustration, which may increase the amount of careless drivers on the road. In order to stay safe this holiday season remember to keep your emotions in check on the road, and don’t let other drivers affect you. Instead of letting your stress come out in your driving, think about the smiles on your family’s faces as they receive your thoughtful gifts. No one wants to deal with the car accident injuries or the hassle of car damage over the holidays, so keep the above tips in mind as you finish your shopping and have a safe holiday season.

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Avoid Aggressive Driving During the Holidays

holiday-aggressivedrivingThe holiday season is in full swing, and Christmas is right around the corner. Shopping for last minute gifts and preparing for holiday get-togethers can be stressful. Couple that stress with increased traffic, and there is a greater risk for car accidents. The holidays are meant to be a time of giving and merriment, but often time drivers are overwhelmed and irritable. In order to avoid a car accident caused by aggressive driving follow these helpful tips to stay in control on the road:

  • Understand that there will be increased traffic during the holidays, so allow extra time to get to your destination.
  • Concentrate on the road and avoid unnecessary distractions, like a phone call that may increase frustration.
  • Follow the posted speed limits and avoid reckless maneuvers, such as running red lights.
  • Don’t drive too closely to the car in front of you.
  • Avoid weaving in and out of traffic.

It is up to the driver to control his/her own emotions while driving, but what about other drivers? What should you do if you come across an aggressive driver?

  • Make sure that all passengers are wearing their seat belts.
  • Get out of the way of the driver as safely as possible.
  • Do not engage the driver with eye contact or gestures that may cause further aggravation.
  • Ignore any gestures made by the other driver.
  • Stay calm and continue to follow the rules of the road.

Stress from the holidays can cause frustration, which may increase the amount of aggressive drivers on the road. In order to stay safe this holiday season remember to keep your emotions in check on the road, and don’t let other drivers phase you. Instead of letting frustration come out in your driving, think about the time you will spend with your friends and family. No one wants to deal with car accident injuries or car damage over the holidays, so keep the above tips in mind and have a safe holiday season.

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Drinking & Driving Dangers – Say No to Drunk Driving

Drunk DrivingWhen driving, there is always a risk of getting into a car accident.  Driving while impaired only increases that risk.  Not only is drinking and driving against the law, it puts many lives in danger.  The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles compiles data and reports on car accidents in Florida including those that involve drunk drivers.  The following are some of the findings from the 2014 data (as of 7/30/2015).

  • Florida had 344,170 traffic accidents, which included 16,873 accidents that were suspected to have involved alcohol.
  • There were 5,660 accidents that were confirmed to have involved alcohol.
  • It is suspected that 7,362 injury crashes and 11,210 injuries were the result of alcohol
  • 2,143 confirmed alcohol-related accidents were injury crashes and resulted in 3,387 injuries.

MADD, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, provides statistics on drunk driving on a national level and here are some of the findings.

  • A person is injured in an alcohol-related crash every two minutes.
  • Two in three people will be involved in a drunk driving accident in their lifetime.
  • In 2013, 290,000 people were injured in an alcohol-related accident.
  • In 2013, there were 10,076 fatalities as a result of drunk driving which equates to one every 52 minutes.
  • The highest rate of drunk drivers comes from the age group of 21 to 25.

Drunk driving is a serious danger not only to the driver but to passengers and others on the road as well.  It is clear by the statistics that injuries from car accidents can be lessened if people avoid drunk driving.  To help save lives and avoid potential injuries follow these tips to prevent drinking and driving.

  • Before going out choose someone to be the designated driver.
  • If you are the designated driver, do not drink any alcoholic beverages.
  • If your whole group has been drinking, find another form of transportation like a taxi.
  • If you notice a friend has been drinking and planning on driving home, take their keys and help them find alternate transportation.
  • If you’re throwing a party, offer your guests non-alcoholic options in case they are the designated driver.
  • If one of your party guests is unable to find alternate transportation, suggest they sleep over.

Taking the necessary steps to avoid impaired driving can help save your life as well as the lives of others on the road and help prevent potential injuries in the event of a car accident.    With the holiday season upon us, families and friends want to see one another safe and injury free, so say no to drunk driving.

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Driving Home From College

collegedrivehomeCollege semesters are coming to an end soon, and students will be making the drive home for their winter breaks. Whether it is a short drive home or a longer one, it is important to stay focused on the road to avoid a car accident. In order to arrive back home safely there are several things to keep in mind before and during the drive.

College can be overwhelming and a bit stressful especially at the end of a semester with final exams and projects. Many students put off sleep to finish assignments and study. Before starting the drive home, however, it is important to get a good night’s rest. Drowsy Driving was the cause of about 72,000 car accidents and 44,000 injuries in 2013 according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Tips:
• Get plenty of sleep to ensure alertness.
• Carpool with friends who live nearby and take turns driving.
• Find a place to take a short nap break if necessary.

Driving home at the end of a semester brings on many distractions. Students are left wondering how they did on their final exams. They are thinking about getting home and what they are going to do over their break. Distractions also come in the form of cell phone use, texting, and adjusting the radio.  In 2013, the NHTSA found that 3,154 people were killed and 424,000 people were injured in car accidents that involved distracted driving. Drivers under the age of 20 are the largest population of distracted drivers.

Tips:
• Don’t use your cell phone, especially for texting.
• Keep the radio down and avoid adjusting it if possible.
• Focus your full attention on the road.

Driving home from college for a much needed break is a cheerful time for students as well as the parents awaiting their arrival. Each group is excited to see the other, so it is important that the students arrive at their destination safely. Here are a few other tips to keep students safe on their drive home:

• Always wear a seat belt
• Avoid speeding
• Follow the rules of the road

Keep all of these tips in mind while driving home from college to avoid a car accident and arrive home safely.

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