Tips on Staying Safe This Holiday Season
t’s official: the holidays are upon us! Those last leftover-turkey sandwiches and first forays to the mall are just the beginning as we hurtle with ever-increasing speed towards 2013.
In anticipation of all the impending merrymaking, our friends at the Florida newspaper Hernando Today have created a list of tips for staying safe during the holidays.
At Perfection Honda, we know our readers are all about the drive, so we’ve borrowed some of the car related tips and added a few of our own to keep you safely on the road for many New Years to come.
- Don’t drink and drive. After a few eggnogs, it might be tempting to get behind the wheel when your cozy bed or the next party is just around the corner. But one little lapse in judgment and your night could end in jail, in the hospital or in the morgue. So call a cab, call a friend, or designate a sober driver before going out.
- Don’t allow anyone else to drink and drive. Take the keys, call a cab, or fold out the couch. Your friend will thank you in the morning. Just make sure that “thank you” includes coffee and bacon!
- Don’t drive drowsy. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, driver fatigue results in an estimated 1,550 deaths, 71,000 injuries, and billions in monetary losses each year. If your eyes want to stay closed for longer than a blink, it’s time to switch drivers or pull over for a snooze.
- Don’t talk on the phone while driving. Data suggests that even when using a hands-free device, talking and driving is still a distraction. Your best bet is to hang up and drive.
- Don’t text while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for even just a few seconds can end in disaster. Studies show that you’re 23 times more likely to have an accident if you’re texting while driving. OMG! TTYL and let those messages wait.
- Always wear a seat belt. Not only will a seatbelt keep you in the car in the event of an accident, but it will also keep you from bouncing around inside the car, injuring yourself and others. So buckle up for everyone’s sake.
- Always buckle children in a child safety seat, a booster seat or a seat belt according to their weight, height and age. Go here for help with proper installation. And don’t forget that airbags can be deadly to children, so keep kids in the back seat.
- Know where you are going and how to get there and back. Get a map or carry a GPS. For longer trips, find out the weather forecast and travel with a cell phone. Inform a family member or friend where you going and when you expect to arrive and return, and give them your travel route. It’s also a good idea to keep a blanket and supply of water in your car, just in case.
On behalf of all of us at Perfection Honda, have a safe and happy holiday season!