With New Year’s Eve around the corner, you must be excited for the parties that are to come. Whether you’re looking to paint the town red with your friends or have dinner with your family, getting out on the road on the last night of the year isn’t as safe as you might think. As the clock strikes midnight, people will sing, dance, drink and make merry. In short, they will be too busy to follow rules and regulations, which makes driving a challenge. Here are some tips and tricks that will help you in driving safely and get you and your loved ones home, unharmed:
1. Plan Ahead
A New Year’s Eve celebration is incomplete without a party! And with a party comes lots of alcohol. Therefore, whether you are going to a public party or a private event, talk to your friends and make a plan to arrive and leave together. Also, make it a point to have a backup plan for your transportation, such as an Uber app installed on your phone, so that you can get back home on time in case you are too drunk and it gets too dangerous to drive. Moreover, make sure that you have your identification card and some money with you before you go out for a party. However, if you decide to self- safe drive this New Year’s Eve, ensure to follow all the safety guidelines to the tee as well as the three-second rule so that you have sufficient distance between your car and the driver in front, reducing the possibility of a crash.
2. Don’t Drive Drunk
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day, approximately 30 people in the United States die because of a drunk driving car crash. Most of these deaths would have been avoided if the drunk driver had simply avoided getting behind the wheel. Drunk driving doesn’t only put your life in danger, but it’s also equally dangerous for the non-drunk drivers and pedestrians around you.
Even a minimum amount of alcohol consumption can lead to a number of impairments that can cause fatal accidents. Therefore, if you plan on getting high this New Year’s Eve, make sure that you either have a designated driver or have a sober friend who can call a cab and help you reach home safely. However, if both of the aforementioned options don’t work for you, remember that zero alcohol or drug consumption is the only way for you to safely drive this New Year!
3. Avoid Distractions
Several states of the U.S have passed a law to ban the use of electronic devices while driving. According to a study by Live Science, 2,600 people died in an accident caused by cell phones. In simpler words, using a smartphone can reduce a driver’s reaction time by 20 times. However, it’s not only just cell phones that cause distractions; applying makeup, eating, interacting with passengers, and fiddling with electronic devices also increases your chances of getting into an accident. Perhaps the best advice to a safe drive is to, “Buckle your seat belt, keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.”
4. Don’t Speed Your Car
Driving safe means driving slowly! According to research conducted by Erso, for every mile that you drive per hour, your chances of being in an accident increases by 4 to 5 percent. In simpler words, the higher the speed of your vehicle, the higher are the chances of you getting injured in an unexpected car crash. With the roads being jammed and an unknown number of people drunk driving on a New Year’s Eve, know that the only way for you to safely drive is by making sure that your car’s speedometer doesn’t cross the line.
5. Keep Your Vehicle Safe
Keeping up with your car’s maintenance is as essential as driving safely in Austin. Primarily because regular maintenance not only keeps your vehicle in its top condition and extends its life but is essential to ensure your vehicle’s safety. Most vehicle malfunctions can be easily inspected and fixed by a professional mechanic. Doing so not only makes your car more efficient but also saves you from becoming a victim of an unfortunate accident.
Uneven tire pressure is one of the most common maintenance problems that can lead to a crash or result in a blowout. Therefore, to ensure maximum safety of you and your loved ones, invest in a pressure gauge and get the brake pedals checked as it is the New Year’s Eve safety requirement 101.
Regardless of how you celebrate, New Year’s Eve in Austin is the time to reflect on your past struggles and celebrate your successes. However, don’t forget that while it’s important to have fun, keeping a level head and driving safely is essential to ensure the safety of you and your loved ones.
If the worst should happen this New Year’s Eve, we are here for you. Covert Collision in Austin is professional, friendly, and affordable. They walk you through insurance claims and guide you in every step of the process of getting your vehicle repaired after a collision.
If you have been in an accident and require quick assistance please call us at (512) 476-4101.
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