The Christmas/New Year holiday season is one of the busiest periods on our roads as families get together to celebrate. Unfortunately, it is also one of the deadliest times of the year as many accidents and fatalities occur. Sadly, many of the fatalities could have been prevented had the drivers made the right decisions before starting the engine. If you are planning on going away this holiday period, make sure to use caution while driving.
Relax and take your time
With the pandemic causing the closure of state borders, many families have not seen each other for a long time. As Christmas approaches the excitement to see loved ones grows. However, excitement shouldn’t be used as an excuse to speed or drive recklessly. Traffic is a part of life on the road so if you find yourself getting frustrated, just remember, everyone has somewhere to be at Christmas. So, take a deep breath and stay calm while driving.
Don’t drive while fatigued
This time of the year is one of the busiest for many shift workers. As such, extended working hours and stress can play havoc on their sleeping schedules, which can take a toll. Unfortunately, many drivers get behind the wheel while fatigued and, in some cases, have fallen asleep at the wheel. If you are tired and know you shouldn’t drive, get someone else to take the wheel. Prevention is better than cure, so always exercise caution if you know you shouldn’t drive.
Service your car before heading off
Getting your car serviced before going away is a must as you never know when you might break down. A basic service is fine, however, if you are driving for extended periods, have your wheels and tires checked and if required get a wheel alignment. The last thing you want is to suddenly break down while driving, especially in dense areas with minimal mobile coverage.
Speak to Not My Fault
Accidents happen and, if you are not at fault, you are entitled to a courtesy car. The team here at Not My Fault are available in your time of need, so call us on 1800 699 034 if you are involved in an accident caused by a negligent driver.