23 Sep Resolve to Drive Safely in the New Year
Resolve to Drive Safely in the New Year
Your friends at B&B Insurance recognize that, living in South Florida as we do, it’s likely that we’ll be driving somewhere else in the state – on business or pleasure. The good people at SmarterTravel.com offer a series of great trips to consider before getting on the road.
- Before beginning a long drive, always get enough sleep and eat a snack or meal. Highly caffeinated beverages are not necessarily the best way to stay awake while driving. While initially you will feel more alert, the effects can recede with time, and your attention may wander although you remain awake.
- Pull over and take breaks every couple of hours, even if you don’t feel sleepy. If you need to, take a quick nap. Grab a snack, get some fresh air and stretch your legs by walking around.
- If you can, share the driving responsibilities with someone else. This will allow you to keep an eye on each other while driving and also enable you to nap without losing time. You may want to refrain from using your cruise control if you’re driving alone at night — having to concentrate on maintaining your speed can help you stay awake. If you’re driving alone, turn on the radio or put on some music, and keep your window cracked open.
- If you do have to pull over, move your vehicle off the road. Never park on the shoulder or in the breakdown lane for any reason except an emergency.
- Know the laws along your route concerning cell phone use while driving. While it may be legal in one place, it may be illegal in another, and ignorance is not typically an acceptable excuse for a violation.Even if it’s legal to talk on a cell phone where you’re going, it’s usually safest to use a hands-free device.
- Never drink any alcohol before your trip. While you may not become intoxicated from one beer, you will become sleepy.
- Keep an eye on the skies, and if you can, plan a route around inclement weather. A minor detour could actually wind up saving you major time.
- Use a smartphone app such as Waze or Google Maps to guide you around traffic jams.
- Not even a GPS app is infallible, especially in remote areas, so we recommend bringing a detailed map or road atlas as a backup just in case.
- If you are driving a rental vehicle, familiarize yourself with the car and all of its equipment (horn, brakes, hazard lights).
- Lock all of your valuables (especially items that are clearly gifts) in the trunk or glove compartment and stow all luggage in the trunk.
- Familiarize yourself with local traffic laws, which vary from state to state and especially overseas. What are the rules on yielding to pedestrians? Is it legal to make a right turn at a red light?
The best tip of all is to know before you go. Of course, you’ll also want to make sure that your car insurance is up to date. Get a reality check from the good people at B&B Insurance, one of the leading car insurance agencies in Lake Worth. You can get a quote for car insurance in Lake Worth Florida or car insurance 33461 or simply double-check your existing policy. That’s B&B insurance… not a & b insurance or a and b insurance or binsurance. Call today.