The holiday season is a time to celebrate love, family, and friends, but it’s also a period where dangerous accidents occur when it comes to driving. In all the holiday hustle and bustle, road safety often falls by the wayside.

The nights are getting darker earlier, congested traffic is at its peak, and inclement weather conditions are right around the corner. In 2019, AAA estimated that more Americans than ever on record (115.6 million) would travel this holiday season, from Saturday, Dec. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 1. It’s the highest travel volume for the holiday period on record, and records for holiday travel will be broken. With that many extra people on the road, that means taking precautions.

At Ludlum Law Firm, we frequently work with clients that have been in unfortunate traffic accidents during this time of the year. The holiday season is a time to celebrate, not to deal with a stressful situation. That’s why we’ve put together the following tips to stay safe and accident-free.

Follow traffic rules. 

It’s critical to follow traffic laws and safety more than ever right now. North Carolina is one of several east coast states that include major highways that holiday travelers frequent while visiting family and friends. Don’t neglect speed limit signs and basic driving etiquette to cut time and get to your destination faster. Other essential rules to follow include:

  • No texting while driving.
  • Do not drive impaired.
  • Utilize turn signals.
  • Drive defensively.

Plan for winter weather.

If you’re driving through the mountainous regions of North Carolina, check the weather conditions and traffic reports for the areas you’ll be going through before heading out. Winter storms can come out of nowhere and cause accidents from snow whiteouts, black ice, and slippery conditions.

Service your care before you head out.

There are often only seconds to react when there is an accident, and it’s essential to be ready to respond and ensure your vehicle can react as well. Check gas, tires, and oil before leaving to ensure safe arrival.

Pay close attention after sunset. 

We’re at the point of the year where the days are short, and darkness comes at its earliest in the evenings. It’s crucial to be aware of drivers and pedestrians as you drive from Point A to Point B.

Be prepared for potential accidents. 

It’s a busy and chaotic time right now with people traveling, not to mention the holiday shopping traffic. Fender benders, weather conditions, and car trouble – there’s a lot that can happen during the winter season.

Luckily, Ludlum Law Firm offers free consultations for speeding tickets, traffic fines, and anyone in need of legal assistance. Our experienced attorneys can help you through the legal process to reach the best outcome for your case.

The holiday and winter season can be a stressful time, but you can help keep yourself and those around you safe by following the law and remaining aware of your surroundings as you make your way to your destinations.

If you find yourself facing a traffic offense or any legal traffic matter in Sampson County, NC, or Duplin County, NC, our attorneys are here to help. Give us a call or fill out our contact form to get in touch. Dive safe and happy holidays!