Driving safety reminders for your holiday getaways

"holiday driving tips" The holidays are officially here, which means the roads are about to get a whole lot busier. Whether you’re getting out of town for a family road trip or staying in town to get Christmas shopping handled, now through New Year’s can be pretty hectic on the highway. Toyota of N Charlotte is here with driving safety reminders to get you through the rest of 2017 as safely and efficiently as possible!

Use these driving safety tips when you hit the road this season

It can be stressful to hit the road this time of year. There are a lot more drivers out and about, and the weather can be inclement whether you’re facing rain, sleet, ice, or snow. That means you have to bring your a-game every time you get behind the wheel. Here are our top tips for staying safe this holiday season.

Tip #1: Know where you’re going and expect traffic. It helps to plot your route plus one alternate route before you leave the house. Having an idea of how you’re getting to your destination will make you drive more confidently, and having an alternate route will allow you to get out of the way of traffic should you encounter any. Don’t forget, a lot of our N Charlotte Toyota cars have navigation technology to help with this factor of driving safety.

Tip #2: Employ defensive driving. Remember, defensive driving basically means paying close attention to your surroundings and other drivers so you can act before an accident occurs, rather than react as it’s happening. Keep your full attention on the road, your hands on the wheel, and don’t engage in distracted driving (like playing with the radio or using your phone).

Tip #3: Follow road rules. Besides following the speed limit and adhering to road signs, our N Charlotte Toyota dealership also advocates leaving enough space in between you and other cars (no tailgating!), using your turn signals to indicate your movements ahead of time, coming to full stops at stop signs and lights, and turning on your wipers and headlights as needed. And don’t forget to check crosswalks both ways before you pull through – the holidays also mean more foot traffic.

Toyota of N Charlotte can help you handle hectic holiday roads

Tip #4: Don’t let road rage get to you. It makes you drive aggressively and erratically, and drastically ups your chances of getting into an accident. Stay cool behind the wheel – listen to your favorite music or a digital book, have a snack, or chat with your passengers. Traffic will happen, so mentally prepare for it.

Tip #5: Be prepared for bad weather. Do you know how to drive in snow? How about on ice? Is your car ready for rain? Prep your ride with N Charlotte auto service, and brush up on your driving safety when it comes to winter weather.

Want to schedule auto service or have questions about driving safety? Call Toyota of N Charlotte at (888) 378-1214. We’re ready and waiting for you at 13429 Statesville Road in Huntersville.

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