• By: Graham Sutliff
  • Published: December 2021

For many people, celebrating with family and friends during the holidays is one of the highlights of the year. However, with all the extra festivities and excitement, it’s important to ensure you’re staying safe driving to and from your social obligations. Following some simple tips and strategies for safe holiday driving is the best way to enjoy the season stress-free.

 If you have been the victim of an accident in Houston this holiday season, it’s important to know your rights. Working with a skilled personal injury lawyer is the best way to ensure you receive fair compensation for any accident-related damages. Here are 5 important tips for staying safe on Houston’s roads during the holidays.

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Take Your Car in for Routine Servicing

Before the holiday season, it’s a good idea to take your car in for routine servicing. Taking your car to your mechanic is the best way to ensure your car is in good working condition for the winter—especially if you predict you’ll be driving in a lot of snow. Additionally, it’s a good idea to stock your car with some essentials you could use in the event of an accident, such as jumper cables.

Give Yourself Extra Time for Getting Around

When planning your travel time for various holiday events, be sure to give yourself extra time to get where you’re going. Padding your travel times is the best way to avoid the poor driving behaviors that come with rushing to an event. Additionally, driving times during the holidays are likely to be elongated by factors like heavy traffic and poor weather. To take the stress out of getting to your holiday parties and avoid accidents, provide ample time for getting to all your gatherings.

Have a Designated Driver

If your holiday season is packed with parties, be sure to assign a designated driver. Planning who is going to drive ahead of time is the best way to ensure you’ll have a safe way to get home. With a designated driver, everyone can enjoy the party without the stress of wondering who will drive at the end of the night. Plus, it eliminates the risk of drunk driving.

Use a Travel App

Using a road trip app is a great way to map out your drives and maximize efficiency. With an app, you can avoid heavy traffic times and areas to get to your destinations faster. Plus, avoiding congested areas will make the drive more enjoyable and safer.

Avoid Engaging in Distracted Driving Behaviors

This holiday season, it’s important to avoid engaging in any distracted driving behaviors, such as texting, eating, or looking for the perfect song on your playlist. If you’re driving, be sure to let your passengers deal with tasks such as responding to an important task or choosing the music.

Contact the Personal Injury Lawyers at Sutliff & Stout

Getting into a car accident can be an extremely draining, emotional, and stressful experience. If you have been involved in an accident during the holidays in Houston, it’s essential to seek legal counsel from a skilled personal injury lawyer. At Sutliff & Stout, we understand the stress accompanied by car accidents and are dedicated to taking a personalized approach to every case. Our firm has been recognized as one of the top 3 personal injury law firms in Houston, and our team has helped thousands of individuals with their car accident claims.

If you are looking to discuss your car accident case with a personal injury lawyer, the team at Sutliff & Stout is here to help. Call us today at (713) 405-1263 or contact us online to discuss your injury or car accident claim.

About the Author

Graham Sutliff is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Among other awards and certifications, he is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Super Lawyer for the past decade. In 2019 alone, Graham recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients who were injured by others. To learn more about Graham, click here.

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