Are you traveling as a family for Spring Break? You’re not alone. Around 40 percent of Americans travel for Spring Break – and 1.5 million of those travelers are students alone. Whether driving to the airport or to your final destination, caution will be critical in the days surrounding this popular vacation time.
Tips for Safer Driving
Before you start your car to travel for Spring Break, make sure all of your lights and signals are working. It is also a good idea to have winter storm equipment if you are traveling in a snowy state. March and April, when most of these breaks occur, are still wintery in several places. Having blankets, flashlights, flares, and food can help to ensure if you do get stuck, you remain safe until help arrives.
While driving, be sure to:
- Avoid all types of distraction
- Allow for a gap between your car and the one in front of you
- Follow the speed limit when possible. Follow the flow of traffic when slower
- Use your signals when changing lanes or turning
- Remain calm
One of the most significant dangers to other motorists is frustration. Aggressive driving, tailgating, and different types of road rage place everyone at risk. Stay calm while driving in traffic and maintain control of your emotions. If you start to feel aggressive, pull over and calm down. This simple step can help save your life as well as the lives of others.
Driving while intoxicated is more common among younger people. Those between the ages of 21 and 30 account for over 50 percent of all fatal alcohol-impaired crashes, with 27 percent of those being caused by people under 25. Because Spring Break sees an increase in the number of young drivers, you must practice caution when driving in popular areas.
Staying sober and giving space to the vehicles around you can help prevent being injured by a drunk driver. However, there is no guarantee. If you are in a city with a large Spring Break crowd, be extra cautious when driving during this time.
And remember, cautious drivers cannot always prevent accidents. If you have been injured, use our lawyer locator to find a qualified attorney in your area and learn more about your rights.