The holiday season is definitely upon us! By now, we’re sure you’re in the swing of going to all the holiday parties people are hosting, and you’re gearing up for both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. This time of year is an exceptionally fun one but it can also be more dangerous to take to the roads. That’s why our Orlando Toyota dealership has come up with a list of helpful tips to make your driving experiences safer, especially on big nights like Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve!
Toyota of Orlando has tips to keep you safe this holiday season
Did you know that the holiday season has a much higher rate of traffic deaths due to drunk driving? These statistics apply to both drivers and pedestrians, so it’s important to take steps to ensure you’re safe behind the wheel this year. Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind when you hit the highways in your new Toyota!
- First, the obvious warning – don’t drink and drive! When you get behind the wheel of your Orlando Toyota you should be sober – there’s no budging on this one. Driving while impaired puts you, the passengers in your car, and other drivers at high risk of being in a collision. It impairs your judgement and slows your reaction time. Pick a designated driver for your new Toyota before the night begins, or call a cab to get you from point A to point B safely! You could also even make arrangements to stay at someone’s house to cut down on drive time.
- If you find yourself out on the roads after holiday parties, take steps to make sure you’re visible to other drivers. A big part of this is ensuring that your new Toyota’s headlights, taillights, and turn signals are all working properly so your movements are clear to other drivers on the road around you.
Be safe when you’re behind the wheel of your new Toyota
- You should also tailor your driving habits if you have to take your new Toyota out on the roads at night during the holiday season. Be sure to allow plenty of time for your trip so you don’t have to rush; also be sure to drive carefully. This means using your turn signals, allowing for plenty of room for any driving maneuvers (including turning and coming to a stop), and not tailgating other drivers. Also do away with distractions like your phone or fiddling with the radio, and don’t overcrowd your new Toyota with too many passengers.
- Be aware of your surroundings when you’re driving your new Toyota in Orlando, especially in pedestrian-heavy areas. Be sure to check crosswalks before pulling through them and be on the lookout for pedestrians who might be crossing the street in non-designated areas. A good method is to “sweep and scan”, where your eyes are constantly scanning the road in front of you for hazards.
Want more tips on how you can safely take to the highways this holiday season? Give us a call today! Toyota of Orlando is open seven days a week until 10pm, and our sales specialists are available to chat at (888) 725-3520. Happy holidays!!