Safe Driving Tips for Families

safe driving tips for families

Hitting the road with your family in tow is an ideal way to create some fun-filled memories that the kids will never forget. Here are some safe driving tips for families from us here at Plaza Lincoln of Leesburg.

Prevent Fatigue

Getting plenty of sleep the night before a trip is crucial to prevent fatigue. Struggling to stay awake behind the wheel is a recipe for disaster. Pull over or switch drivers whenever necessary.

Monitor Cellphone Use

Different states have different laws that pertain to cellphone use behind the wheel. Most officers won’t accept ignorance as an excuse for talking on the phone while driving. Monitor your cellphone use, as well as the use of anyone taking over driving duties for a few hours. The last thing any driver wants is a ticket for something that could have been easily avoided.

Check the Forecast

Knowing what lies ahead isn’t limited to real-time traffic information. Checking the weather forecast prior to leaving will give you an idea of what you might run into on the road. Make sure to check the local forecast as well, as the forecast of any areas you may be driving through. Doing so could save you from getting blindsided by inclement weather.

Travel Tips for Winter

Hitting the road for a winter vacation somewhere warm can be a satisfying adventure, but the roads could have other plans. Winter roads are often the cause of skidding, accidents, and breakdowns. Fortunately, you can avoid many of the road hazards that winter weather brings. Here are a few helpful travel tips for winter provided by us here at Plaza Lincoln.

  • Slow Down – Driving over the speed limit on roads known for being slick is incredibly dangerous and could lead to loss of control or an accident. Make sure to leave plenty of space, and avoid using cruise control. Hitting the brakes can cause a loss of control, so while cruise control is great for dry roads, do your best to come to a slow stop during winter weather.
  • Emergency Kit – You never know when disaster will strike, which is why an emergency kit is always handy. Keeping a box of medical supplies, like bandages, food, water, and extra clothes can go a long way when waiting for help to arrive. While roadside assistance is just a phone call away, it could take hours for help to arrive depending on the weather.
  • Four-Wheel Drive – Modern four-wheel drive systems are designed to get the vehicle moving. While you may be able to gain traction and speed quickly, keep in mind that you have to come to a stop eventually.