Avoid Accidents When Visiting Family in an Unfamiliar City
The New Year is a great time to get away and visit family that you don’t see much throughout the rest of the year. While exciting, it also means traveling great distances for long periods of time and on highways, with lots of vehicles traveling at high speeds. And this means that the risk of being in a highway accident is high. If you find yourself in the unfortunate position of being in an accident these holidays, it’s important to speak to qualified attorneys such as us here at The Husband and Wife Law Team. To keep yourself as safe as possible however, follow these tips when traveling out of town to visit family in the unfamiliar.
- Avoid rush hour. When traveling through any big city or populated area, there’s going to be a rush hour and it’s likely going to occur between 2:00pm and 6:00pm. During these hours there will be a lot more cars on the highway than at other times, increasing the risk for traveling during these times.
- Plan your route. Don’t wait until you get into the city to try and figure out where your loved ones actually live. Plan your entire route from beginning to end, taking note of major street names, turns needed, and any possible detours. Knowing what you’ll encounter will not only take a lot of stress out of the situation, but also some of the danger.
- Use a GPS. Jotting down step-by-step directions can be helpful, but you’ll have to take your eyes off the road in order to look down at them. Use a GPS that will verbally guide you through each step, so you can keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.
- Be observant. Of course you’re going to be looking where you’re going, but you also want to know what’s around you, in case you wind up back in the same spot again. You also want to know what the upcoming streets are, in case you need to turn off soon.
- Stay in the right lane. Unless you know you’re going to be turning soon, stay in the right-hand lane as long as possible. Even in the city this is the slower lane, and it will be easier to turn off or pull off the road should you suddenly need to.
We hope you and your loved ones have a safe and happy New Year. If you get into an auto accident while away visiting, call us at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. at (602) 267-1280. We’ll go over the details of your case with you, and do our best to bring back peace of mind to you and your family.