It’s that time of year again to revv up the family car and head out on the roads for some Holiday travel! Unfortunately, everyone else seems to be doing exactly the same thing, which can cause quite a bit of traffic and confusion.
The recent upsurge of road accidents in this month of December on the stretch between Eldoret and Nakuru is worrying.
Whether you’re heading to Grandma’s in the village or a favorite vacation spot to celebrate Christmas with family or friends, take a moment to read over these 6 holiday driving safety tips to help you and your family safely reach wherever you are headed.
1. Keep Up With Vehicle Maintenance – Making sure that your car is up-to-date with any vehicle maintenance services and auto repair is a must before you tackle the holiday traffic. Driving with unreliable brakes, tires or more is dangerous for you, your passengers and others on the road.
2. Watch Changing Weather – Keep an eye out for changes in weather. When travelling to different climates you can sometimes find yourself in areas where you’re not familiar with how the weather affects the road. When it gets colder, there is an increased chance of encountering slippery conditions.
3. Stay Alert While Driving – Driving while overly tired is a version of driving impaired! If you find yourself getting too tired, take a break and stretch or switch drivers every few hours. Always stay hydrated and aware of your surroundings, and try to limit distractions such as loud music.
4. Don’t Drink and Drive – Along with the Holidays comes an increase in drunk driving incidents. Make sure to always have a designated driver, or the number for a reliable taxi service on hand! It’s always better to be safe than sorry.
5. Seat Belt – Belt up for your safety, and remember to protect the children too. If you have children in the car ensure they are in the appropriate child restraint ( car seats/ boosters included). It is unsettling to see people in traffic wearing a belt but the children in the back of the car not wearing a seatbelt.
6. Don’t Over Pack – Packing your car so full that you can’t see out the back window is dangerous, especially when you encounter a lot of stop and go traffic and varying driving speeds. Think about how much you actually need for you trip, don’t just stuff everything into your car.