As you’re well aware, we’re coming up on a busy season – holidays. Not only are those of us at Caliber putting the pedal to the metal, but your daily, weekly and monthly commute is sure to be firing on all cylinders. And whether it's visiting family for Thanksgiving, stopping by one of our many phenomenal fall festivals, or simply making a last-minute run to the toy store on Christmas Eve, we want to help keep you safe. So, here are a few reminders to remember this holiday season as you hit the road for the holidays.

BE DEFENSIVE

Now, if driver’s education has taught us anything, it’s that we should always be driving defensively; during the holidays, this is more important than ever. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, accidents increase dramatically during the holidays. People are in the spirit of things, and some enjoy a few too many holiday spirits. So stay aware of your surroundings, obey the 3 to 4 second rule when following another car and always remember: the only driver you can trust is yourself.

WATCH FOR ICE

Sometimes, no matter how defensively you drive, Mother Nature has a way of surprising you with something not so nice – ice. The best way to be cautious of ice is to know when and where it forms. Be aware of shaded areas, like under bridges or overpasses, and areas where water tends to collect. Also be mindful of early mornings and late night drives, as the ground is cold enough to cause precipitation to freeze upon impact, leaving you to run into an impact.

DON’T TEXT AND DRIVE

We get it: long drives to see family can get a little dull, but your safety, and the safety of those around you, is more important than crushing candies. At any time during the day, approximately 660,000 drivers are using their phones while operating a vehicle. And according to the National Safety Council, cell phone use while driving leads to 1.6 million crashes each year. The last thing we want is for you to be one of them, so let’s keep those eyes up and phones down.

CARE FOR YOUR CAR

The best thing you can do for those long holiday drives is stay prepared. Make sure you check these boxes when doing your winter checkup:

  • It’s more difficult for batteries to operate in the cold, so make sure it’s in good working order.

  • Make sure you’re filled up on antifreeze to keep your engine from freezing in those frigid temps.

  • Check your tire tread and tire pressure; if you live in a particularly blistery area, winter tires can do wonders.

  • Always, always, always keep a survival kit in your trunk. You never know when you may need it, and you never want to get stuck without it.

These may seem like small steps, but you’d be surprised to find the little things can go a long way when the winter winds start blowing. Do what you can to stay safe this season, and if something happens, feel free to give us a call. Because, as always, we’ll be there for you when the weather outside is frightful.