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Staying Safe on the Roads This Holiday Season

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The holidays are in full swing, and everyone is out and about. Some are searching for the perfect gift. Others are looking for just the right table setting. Still some are picking up the last-minute preparations for a holiday gathering. Whatever you and your loved ones are up to this holiday season, stay safe on the roads with some helpful tips. Also, learn what to do, should an automobile crash happen to you or someone you love.

Driving in Inclement Weather

Snow, ice, slush, and wet roads can make for dangerous travel, but an ounce of prevention can go a long way in keeping you and everyone you love safe. Winterize your car, carry a winter weather preparedness pack in your vehicle, and ensure you have your route planned out in advance, just in case of any road closures. Just remember, if the roads get too bad, stay home. The trip is never worth risking the lives of yourself or others.

Avoiding Collisions with Animals

In addition to the risk of dealing with snow, ice, and slush, drivers are at risk for animal collisions during the holiday season. This is because it is prime mating season for deer and other large animals. Avoid these accidents by watching the sides of the road, traveling slower than usual (especially at night and particularly in marked areas), and slowing down instead of swerving if you cannot avoid the animal.

Drunk Drivers and the Holiday Season

Unfortunately, drunk drivers are yet another potential danger to drivers and other road users. They are also more common during the holiday season. Learn how to spot them (swerving in and out of the lane, strange stops, driving without lights on, etc.) and report them if you do see them. Also, if you are near one, try to find a way to safely avoid them without putting yourself or your loved ones in danger.

Buckle Up for Added Safety

When all else fails, ensuring that you and your loved ones are safe and secure in your vehicle is a critical step that can save your lives. Children should be secured in car seats or booster seats. All adults should be safely secured in a seat belt. Most importantly, ensure you do not put more people in your vehicle than is safe. This can dramatically jeopardize the safety of you and your family.

Contact Our Illinois Personal Injury Lawyers

If you or someone you love is injured or killed in a crash, you have the right to pursue compensation. Unfortunately, this can be a difficult task for victims and their families, especially while they are celebrating the holiday season. Turn to the firm you can trust. Contact the Law Offices of Tedone and Morton, P.C. to schedule a consultation with our Joliet personal injury lawyers. Call 815-666-1285 today.

Sources:

http://www.ksat.com/consumer/motorists-need-to-watch-for-deer-in-fall-winter

http://exchange.aaa.com/safety/roadway-safety/winter-driving-tips/#.WEa-e_krLIU

http://www.cdc.gov/features/roadsafety/

http://www.iowadot.gov/tips.pdf

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