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Use Extra Caution Behind the Wheel


Unfortunately, between the crowds and the bustle of the holiday season, your risk for accidents and personal injuries significantly increases. The following offers some helpful tips to keep you and those you love safe.

Safety on the Roads

A road trip may be on your schedule over this holiday season. Whether you are driving across town or across the country, it is important to make safety a top priority. The American Automobile Association (AAA) offers these tips to help you prepare for holiday travel:

  • Make sure your vehicle is properly maintained. Have your mechanic check issues such as tire inflation, engine fluid levels, and your brake system.
  • Make sure all head and tail lights are working and make sure wiper blades are in good condition.
  • Map out your driving plan before you go, including some alternative routes in the event of heavy traffic or road closures.
  • Pack a car emergency kit. Include a flashlight, a few tools, extra blankets, a cell phone car charger, bottled water, and snacks.
  • Sign up for a roadside service plan and make sure your cell phone is fully charged.
  • Let others know your travel plans, your route, and your estimated arrival time.

If you are traveling to northern destinations, check the weather conditions before you go. Be alert for winter storms and snow or icy, which significantly increase your travel risks. Allow yourself plenty of time to reach your destination and avoid dangerous driving behaviors, such as speeding, tailgating, and distracted driving.

Fly Safely

While some holiday travelers will be taking to the roads, others will be headed to the airport. You can expect major crowds, particularly on the days immediately before and after the holiday, which mean longer lines and increased waits. To help your trip go more smoothly, the American Association of Retired People (AARP) offers the following tips:

  • Allow plenty of time to reach the airport. Avoid having to rush through traffic and plan on getting to the airport at least two to three hours before departure.
  • Pre-book airport parking in advance. This will save you from having to walk further through busy parking lots to reach the terminal.
  • Pack light. Consider shipping gifts in advance and using wheeled luggage to avoid muscle strains or sprains.
  • Follow onboard instructions. Pay attention to the flight attendants. Turbulence is often a factor and not wearing your seatbelt or wandering needlessly through airplane aisles can put you at risk for injuries.

Let Us Help You Today

Despite your precautions, accidents and injuries can still occur. When they do, the Law Firm of William E. Raikes, III can help you get the compensation you need to recover. Call or contact our Fort Pierce personal injury attorney today to request a consultation.


The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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