Drive Safely This Holiday Season!

Posted Friday, Dec 12, 2014 by nhtwpprod

For many people, the holidays are a time for visiting family and friends, which for many involves long distance driving. Whether you are heading cross-country for Christmas dinner, driving back home to see friends on New Year’s, or making any other long car ride in your Los Angeles Toyota this December, be sure to follow these driving safety tips while on the road.

  • Get your car serviced – before you go on a long road trip, you should always get your car serviced. Even if you don’t think your car has any issues or needs any major repairs, you will want a mechanic to take a look at your car and give it a tune up before you head out on the road.
  • Know your route – figure out what roads you are going to be taking to your destination, and do some research on them before you leave. You’ll want to know what kind of conditions you can expect, if there is any major renovation or repair going on, and how long you can expect to be on each major part of your trip.
  • Take breaks – while it’s natural to want to get to your final destination as quickly as possible, it’s still necessary to take regular breaks. Stop every few hours to rest, even if it’s just stretching your legs for five to ten minutes. Not taking breaks can cause you to become sleepy and lose concentration, and it is bad for your health, endangering you and other drivers on the road.
  • Rest as long as you drive – one of the most important parts of driving long distances is getting the proper amount of rest and sleep. Make sure that you are properly rested the day before you leave and, if your trip takes more than one day, always schedule time to be off the road as long as you are on it.
  • Eat lightly and eat slowly – when you go on a long trip, you’ll want to bring along food and drink to keep yourself full and energetic. When you eat, be sure not to eat anything too heavy, so that you don’t become drowsy. Consume your food and drink slowly. This will make sure you don’t overeat and get sleepy, and will also give you something to focus on during the long drive to keep you from drifting off.
  • Bring music – a long car ride can quickly become tedious, and you’ll want to bring something that will keep you entertained. If you bring your own music collection, you’ll be able to pick music you like and alter the selection to fit your mood. Try to listen to music that is both not too slow and not too hyper – you don’t want to lull yourself to sleep or work yourself up too much while on the road.

By following these steps, you’ll be doing everything you can to make sure that you get to your holiday destination and back again as safe as possible. If you’re hitting the road for the holidays, bring your car to your Los Angeles Toyota dealer or mechanic ASAP for inspection and repair.