The majority of all annual
car accidents in Newburgh, New York occur during the winter holiday season which extends
from around Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. Of course accidents
will never completely cease to occur, but there are ways to stay safer
during the winter holidays. Society does not need to throw up its arms
with the belief that nothing can be done to reduce needles roadway accidents.
Experienced Newburgh car accident attorneys litigate numerous car accident disputes in which the accident could have
been avoided and the victim could have been left unharmed. Speeding, texting
while driving, being distracted while driving, and driving under the influence
of drugs and or alcohol have all caused accidents in New York and else
ware. So, what can you do to stay safe? Consider the following advice.
Readers will find themselves at numerous parties and gatherings during
the winter holiday season, and alcohol will most likely be present at
every one. Limit alcohol consumption and do not allow yourself to become
impaired. If you do have one too many alcoholic drinks, consider spending
the night at your host’s house; call a cab; stay at a hotel; or
have a friend/family member drive you home. You could also plan ahead
to arrange a safe ride home.
Defensive driving is not something we are born with knowing how to do.
We must be taught. Defensive driving courses are cheap and typically will
reduce your insurance costs. If you do not have time before the holidays
arrive, consider the following advice.
Obey the speed limit and all other traffic laws. Keep a safe distance between
you and the cars driving around you. Look twice before turning in front
of oncoming traffic and or when turning into traffic. Keep your car inspected,
with proper winter tires that are inflated properly. Windshield wipers
should be in good repair and window cleaning fluid should be kept in the
reserve container. Also turn your head lamps on when it is dark and or
when it is snowing, raining, etc. Slow down when the weather turns bad.
All of this seems like common sense, but it is also easy to forget and
these tips can really prevent car accidents.
Wear Your Seat Belt
While wearing a seat belt will not prevent an accident, it can reduce the
likelihood of injury and the gravity of injury. Seat belts used in combination
with airbags save lives, simply put.
Take Your Time
Leave early to get to your destination, and drive slowly. Consider taking
a less congested route, even if it means a longer trip. Break sooner than
you might normally do, and accelerate slower.