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Holiday Driving Safety in Seattle  

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The holiday season is officially upon us. Along with the spirit of the season comes increased traffic, more pedestrians doing their holiday shopping, and the potential for accidents. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to reduce your risk of accident or injury this holiday season. Simply follow these holiday driving safety tips.

Map Your Route Ahead of Time

You might know the city like the back of your hand, but things tend to be different this time of year. If your errands take you driving through town, map your route before leaving the house. This will give you an idea of how long it will take, where there are construction zones or detours, and where you might need to redirect. It saves you from fiddling with your navigation system while driving, which can lead to accidents.

Drive Defensively

It might be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also causes stress for many. As we get closer to Christmas, the stores get busier and people race to snag the perfect gifts for the best prices. Tensions run high and people can be a little more distracted or aggressive. As a motorist, you can reduce your risk of injury with defensive driving. Focus solely on the road and let those with “road rage” pass. Keep your cell phone out of reach so you won’t be tempted to text or use the internet. While driving in parking lots, keep a wary eye out for pedestrians and try parking at the back of the lot – there is less traffic and you’ll get some extra exercise walking to the store.

Keep Calm

The holiday season takes its toll on all of us, and you might be feeling prone to a little road rage yourself. When traffic becomes congested or you’ve been waiting at the same traffic light for three turns, take a deep breath. Giving in to your aggression will only make a bad situation worse.

Fuel Up

Driver fatigue plays a major role in car accidents, and it’s easy to become fatigued after hours of intense shopping. Remember to fuel yourself with healthy energy and well-balanced meals – don’t skip a meal to take in more shopping. Pack plenty of fiber- and protein-rich snacks and water. Stopping at a restaurant for a sit-down meal can be a good way to recharge and get ready for the journey ahead.

Drive For Weather Conditions

Lastly, drive for the ambient weather conditions. Seattle is legendary for its rain, so you might be accustomed to driving efficiently on wet pavement, but keep in mind rainy roadways cause serious accidents and injuries each year. Slow down, turn on your lights, and be respectful of other drivers.

The holiday season is heating up, so you can expect to see more drivers on the road. Knowing how to drive safely is the best way to reduce your risk of accident. Follow these tips and enjoy a safe and happy holiday season!