We’ve officially kicked off the holidays! And if you’ve been in Florida during the holidays AKA the best time of the year, you know it can also be the most stressful on the road. Traffic in Orlando seems to almost double, and it gets more and more difficult to get to where you are going on time. For those unbearable days nearing Christmas when you know the roads will be packed, it pays to be prepared. That’s why Toyota of Orlando is sharing safe driving tips to help you handle holiday traffic like a total pro. Let’s get started, shall we?
Practice safe driving this holiday season!
Tip #1 – Check traffic before you leave the house. Really, it will save you many unpleasant surprises and headaches. Before heading out, head over to the news channel or check out smartphone applications like Waze and Google Maps to find the least frustrating route to your destination. Many times, your apps will inform you if there’s been an accident, and sometimes it will even tell you an approximate time of delay the accident or heavier than normal traffic will cause.
Tip #2 – Practice defensive driving techniques in Orlando. The holidays are undoubtedly hectic, especially on the road. Everyone is trying to get the Christmas shopping done and get to where they are going as fast as humanly possible…accidents can happen! Follow these Orlando Toyota defensive driving techniques to keep you and your fellow travelers safe this holiday:
- Leave ample space between cars. Tailgating is a no-no during normal traffic, but it can be especially dangerous during the holidays. Avoid unnecessary collisions by leaving space between you and the next driver.
- Drive slowly. Don’t rush to get to where you’re going. Sometimes traffic will be inevitable, and it’s better to arrive late, then not at all!
- Remain alert. Not every driver will be as cautious and road-savvy as you are. Be observant, look twice before changing lanes, and don’t drive if you are tired.
Tip #3 – Avoid distractions at all costs. Yes, that means: put the phone away. Keeping both hands on the steering wheel and both eyes on the road will ensure you practice safe driving in Orlando. If necessary, put the phone out of your reach to avoid temptation while you drive. Out of sight, out of mind!
Tip #4 – Be extra vigilant of drunk driving. The holidays are usually a time to drink and be merry. Unfortunately, some people act irresponsibly and get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking. Keep an eye out for drunk drivers! That means if you see any odd swerving or driving behavior that’s out of the norm, do your best to keep ample distance between your vehicle and theirs. If YOU have been drinking, be responsible. Ask to be taken home, call a taxi, get an Uber, or crash on the couch.
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