The holidays are hectic! When we’re not scrambling to buy last-minute Christmas presents and decorations, we’re driving to holiday parties and get-togethers with friends and family. And because everyone else is busy doing the same thing, the roads can get congested and potentially dangerous! In fact, Christmastime is high-time for road accidents. We want to help you reach your destination safely, which is why Toyota of Orlando is sharing safe driving tips for your highway drives during the holidays.
Holiday safe driving tips on highways:
1. Get enough rest beforehand.
Your mind and body need to be in optimal driving shape before you head out onto the congested highway this Christmas weekend. That means that if you’re headed out in the early morning, you should plan to get anywhere from 7-8 hours of sleep the night before. To practice safe driving in Orlando, you need to be well rested!
2. Map your route.
Prepping for your journey is just as important as the drive itself. It pays to be prepared! So plan your trip by checking the weather and traffic reports beforehand, creating and checking off a list of items you need to pack, and mapping your route with helpful apps like Waze that give you real-time traffic information. You might not avoid all holiday traffic, but you’ll get out of some!
3. Fuel up before you go.
Have you ever run out of gas? I have, and it was during a long trip with gas pump highway exits nowhere to be seen for miles. If you’re headed out of Orlando, make sure to fuel up before you head out, and stay alert for signs that say “No exits for the next 40 miles”, and plan accordingly. It might even be smart to periodically top your gas off whenever it reaches the half-tank mark.
4. Practice defensive driving.
The excitement of the holidays seems to get drivers in a tizzy. Watch out for distracted drivers, and practice our Orlando Toyota defensive driving techniques. That means, avoid any and all distractions and focus on the road and other drivers around you. Follow the speed limit and keep ample space between yourself and other vehicles.
5. Be extra careful driving at night.
Traffic has no business hours. You might encounter just as much traffic at night, if not more. But the conditions change as it gets dark. Be aware! Make sure you’ve turned on your headlights, know when to use your high beams, and slow down.
6. Watch out for drunk drivers.
It’s a time to drink and be merry — but never to get behind the wheel once you’ve had one too many eggnogs. Unfortunately, drunk driving still happens. Keep an eye out for suspicious behavior, such as swerving in and out of lanes or abrupt stops and turns. And remember to practice safe driving in Orlando yourself by not drinking and driving! Call a taxi or Uber if you need to leave.
Don’t forget the most important Orlando Toyota safe driving tip of all!
Safe driving starts with car maintenance. Our Orlando Toyota service team is ready to ensure your car is in tip-top shape to take on the holiday highway traffic. Come see us — we’re located at 3575 Vineland Road.