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Safety Tips for Driving During the Holidays

Safety Tips for Driving During the Holidays

The holiday season is a challenging one for drivers, with ice and snow on the roads, shorter days, and encounters with oblivious or unsafe shoppers. At The Soileau Law Firm, we know that the winters here in Pasadena, TX, are milder than in other places, but we feel nonetheless that drivers should be ready for them.

1. Lower Your Speed

The holiday shopping craze can infect anybody, so drivers should mind their speed more than ever during this season. The faster one goes, the greater the chance of an accident, and the higher the risk for a severe injury. On slick roads, drivers must slow down, even below the posted speed limit if need be, to maintain traction on the road, as speed limits are set based on ideal weather conditions.

2. Increase Your Following Distance

On slick roads, where tires have less traction, it takes longer for vehicles to come to a stop. In fact, the stopping distance may double on icy or snowy ground. To avoid a rear-end collision, drivers should increase their following distance to at least five or six seconds. Simply pick a stationary object that you and the driver in front will pass to determine the length of this safety buffer.

3. Practice Defensive Driving

This is a good tip for any season. To be defensive is to assume that everyone else on the road is liable at any time to do something unsafe: brake suddenly, dart out in front of you from a side street, etc. It also means reacting calmly against such unsafe maneuvers. Never be an aggressive or impatient driver, and always yield to such drivers.

4. Avoid Distractions

The Texas Department of Transportation states that one in five crashes involve a distracted driver. Cell phone use is especially prominent, and with the holiday season, it's not unusual for some to seek online deals while driving. If you need to call or text, then pull over to the side of the road.

5. Do Not Drive Drunk

Holiday parties can put you in a position where it would be wrong to get behind the wheel. Remember, drunk driving is not only a negligent act; it is also a criminal one. It would be wise, then, to have a designated driver before attending parties.

6. Plan Ahead

If you go holiday shopping, it's possible that you will be traveling down unfamiliar roads. Winter weather can be unpredictable; accidents can occur, forcing you to take detours. All of this reinforces the value of planning your route and checking the weather ahead of time.

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If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, our team of trusted Pasadena auto accident attorneys can help. At The Soileau Law Firm, we have been helping wrongly injured accident victims pursue the compensation they deserve for countless years.

We offer free consultations to ensure that those who need help are able to receive it. During the free consultation, our team can determine an optimal way to handle your case and help you pursue the compensation you deserve.

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Parking Lot Safety: Holiday Edition

Exercising proper road safety is essential to avoid the dangers of a collision with other cars or pedestrians. Unfortunately, it's easy to overlook the importance of parking lot safety, especially with the busy holiday shopping season approaching. Carelessness and a false sense of security, when walking or driving in a parking lot, leads to tens of thousands of accidents each year. Many minor accidents in parking lots go unreported, so the figures are more conservative than the harsh reality of the dangers shoppers could face this year.

Distraction Statistics

Drivers often wait to make phone calls until they feel safe in a parking lot, with most occurring before their vehicles are safely parked. More than 55% of the individuals polled by the National Safety Council admit that they are likely to text while driving in a parking lot. Other interesting figures from the poll indicate that:

  • 66% would make a phone call

  • 52% would use social media

  • 50% would check or send an email

Many adults admit that they are likely to program their GPS or take photos while driving in a parking lot. Teens are more likely than adults to start grooming while behind the wheel, but they aren't as likely to make a call.

Alertness Is Essential

Drivers and pedestrians alike must pay attention to their surroundings at all times in parking lots, especially during the holidays. Driving at a moderate speed and observing crosswalks is helpful.

However, The Soileau Law Firm encourages using our additional safety tips to help decrease your chances of being in an accident this year:

Drivers:

  • Never cut across parking lots by staying within designated lanes

  • Use turn signals, always be ready to yield, and obey every stop sign

  • Back out of spaces slowly and watch for pedestrians in blind spots

  • Always stop at crosswalks

  • Stay alert for small children

Pedestrians:

  • Hesitate before entering a crosswalk

  • Stay close to children that may be difficult for drivers to spot

  • Pay attention to the actions of any nearby drivers that may be distracted

You Need A Hardworking Pasadena Auto Accident Attorney On Your Side

If you or a loved one has been injured this winter due to another’s negligence in a parking lot accident, our team here at The Soileau Law Firm can help you pursue the compensation you deserve. For countless years we have been helping individuals injured due to no fault of their own recover compensation to make them whole once again.

Give us a call today (713) 581-9042 to learn more about how we can help over a free consultation.

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