With the holidays right around the corner, the road can be a dangerous and stressful place. Let’s all work together and plan accordingly to make sure we all arrive safe and sound to our loved ones. After all, let’s not forget why we are on the road in the first place – to share laughs and fill our tummies!
Plan route / Expect delays – You will get there. There is no need to weave in and out of traffic, cut off or tailgate other drivers. Life is too short to risk passing another car especially around a corner or driving like you are on the set of The Fast and the Furious. Not to mention, in Arizona you will get a traffic ticket for speeding (A.R.S. § 28-701), unsafe lane change (A.R.S. § 28-729), following a vehicle too closely (A.R.S. § 28-730), etc. You cannot control other people and their behaviors, but you can control yours! Road rage never ends well.
Gas up the car – This may sound obvious but you would not believe how many people find themselves on the side of the road because they thought they had enough gas to make it to the next gas station. No one wants to spend his or her holiday on the side of the road arguing with his or her spouse. Make sure you have a full tank before you leave and plan out where you will be stopping to fill up your next empty gas tank. Also, be sure to put your insurance card and registration in your glove box.
All-in-one emergency kit – Trying to remember to grab the jumper cables or the flashlight is bound to happen. An alternative is to buy an all-in-one emergency kit that is stocked with all your emergency travel needs. These handy kits can be picked up at a local auto supply store or in the automotive section of Wal-Mart or Target.
Car phone charger or portable backup battery – This day in age, who doesn’t have a smartphone? I cannot count how many times I have packed everything and ran out the door and realized 100 miles down the road that I forgot my iPhone car charger! Keep a spare charger in your car or charge up your portable backup battery and you will avoid unnecessary stress – continue listening to Adele’s latest hit or use navigation?
Snacks – Don’t get hangry! No one likes to be hangry, let alone, driving while hangry. It’s always a great idea to have something to snack on while you are driving. Don’t forget something to drink (nonalcoholic, please).
Avoid Distractions – Please do not text or use social media (Facebook, Snapchat, etc.) while driving. Wait until your next stop at a gas station. Better yet, hand your phone to your passenger. Also, have your passenger get your chapstick out of your purse or control the radio station. The driver’s focus should be on the road.
The above tips should help reduce any unnecessary stress with holiday driving. If you find that you are in the unfortunate circumstances of a DUI, car accident, slip and fall or any other injury contact, contact POUNDSTONE SCOTTEN, PLLC at (480) 447-0790, right away. POUNDSTONE SCOTTEN, PLLC will work to protect your interests.
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