Eleven Tips for a Safe Holiday Road Trip

Eleven Tips for a Safe Holiday Road Trip

Are you and your family planning to drive to a holiday get-together this year? Whether you’re heading across the state or across the country to celebrate holidays with family or friends, Venus Poe, PA has simple tips to help make your drive a smooth one, so you can arrive at your destination safe and sound.

Insure your vehicle is properly maintained. If you vehicle needs a tune up or new tires, make sure you get them before you go.

Map your route. Know where your going, how long it will take you and any traffic or weather conditions which might affect your route. Then you can plan how long it will take you and give yourself enough time so you are not rushed.

Make sure someone know your itinerary and that they have copies of important documents. Someone should have your full itinerary and know how to get in touch with you in case there is an emergency. They should also have a copy of your passport, drivers’ license, credit cards and any other important documents in case yours go missing on your trip.

Have roadside assistance contact information on hand.

Keep a cellphone and charger with you. Try to keep your cellphone charged at all times. If you break down or are in an accident, you will need a way to call for assistance.

Retrain yourself and all your passengers properly in seatbelt and properly installed car safety seats. Children should always ride in the rear seat.

Get plenty of rest and take plenty of breaks. If you get tired, pull off the road and get some fresh air, relax or buy something to refresh yourself. If that doesn’t work, find a motel or campground to get some sleep. Over 40% of fatal traffic accidents are single vehicle accidents.

Keep your speed down. Speed is a factor in the majority of highway traffic accidents.

If there will be drinking at your holiday gathering, choose a designated driver.

Make sure you have a car emergency kit. The contents of your car emergency kit will depend on where you live and how long your road trip will be. You can buy a remade kit for $18.00-$90.00. You can also assemble your own kit. Some things you might want to include are:

first aid kit

fire extinguisher

reflective warning triangles

foam tire sealant

jumper cables

flashlight and batteries


duct tape

tow strap or tow rope

drinking water

nonperishable snacks

warm blanket

kitty litter

windshield ice scraper


accident report form


11. If you need to use your cellphone-pull off the road. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents.

We hope you have a memorable and safe holiday season.

Venus Poe, Esquire has over 15 years of experience handling car accidents, workers’ compensation claims and social security disability claims. She has offices in Greenville, South Carolina and Fountain Inn, South Carolina to better serve you.

The information you obtain in this article is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice.You should not read this article to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction in which you may have a case.