Holiday Travel Safety Tips
More than 1.4 million Virginians will travel for the holidays this year. According to data from the DMV, speed-related accidents in Hampton Roads are on the rise. There have been more than 2,000 local accidents in 2021 alone, surpassing last year’s 1,774 collisions. The increased number of travelers on the road may further exacerbate those figures. By following our tips, you and your loved ones can arrive to your holiday destinations safely.
Abide by Speed Limits
While you might be in a rush to get to your holiday parties, it’s important to always abide by posted speed limits. If you’re feeling especially pressed for time and get caught up in traffic, speeding might seem like the only solution. In fact, it’s better to leave home with plenty of time to spare in case traffic does crop up along your route. Speeding to save time is often pointless, anyway. Experts say you’d have to drive 100 miles to save five minutes driving at 80 miles per hour versus 75.
Buckle Up – Always!
Even when abiding by traffic laws, driving always carries some level of risk. By buckling up, you mitigate the risks of getting injured should you find yourself in a collision. It’s also a good way to save yourself some time and money – last year, police ticketed nearly 500 Virginians for failing to buckle their seat belts.
Plan for Emergencies
This time of year, winter weather can strike when we least expect it. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep a blanket, some bottled water, and extra coats and gloves in your car just in case. While you might not end up using your car’s emergency supplies, you’ll travel easier knowing it’s there!
Virginia Personal & Wrongful Death Lawyers
The Virginia personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Richard J. Serpe, PC has helped victims of accidents for over 33 years. If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you have legal rights. If you’d like to discuss your situation, contact us to setup a free consultation 877-544-5323.