During the cold and snowy winter months, many people travel to vacation homes or rentals down in the warmer southern states. Southern locals call them “snowbirds” because they flock down south during the northern cold and are quick to go back home when the south starts heating up. The increase of drivers on the roads leads to more traffic, aggressive driving, and inevitable car accidents.
To avoid conflicts when you simply want to relax and stay warm, you should take these tips into consideration:
Know Where You’re Going
It is understandable that you don’t know where all your destinations are while you’re on vacation. However, that’s why you should always plan ahead. It is easy to be caught off guard and realize you have to make a right turn when you are in the far-left lane on the road. Instead of cutting across three lanes of traffic and risking an accident, search where you’re going before leaving. Apps are available on your phone as well as resources readily available on your computer. A simple Google search will show you exactly where you need to go so you have a clear understanding of where you are headed.
Different states and cities have different road rules. For example, some states require you to drive on the right lane of a highway to leave the left lane for drivers that are passing only. Other states don’t have such a rule. To avoid car accidents and being pulled over by the police, you should always make sure you know the law of the state you are driving in. You can Google search the state’s driving laws or call the non-emergency local police number for answers and explanations when you’re unsure of a specific law.
You will likely drive slower when you are in an unfamiliar place. However, there are many locals that will not be so understanding. Locals need to go to work, appointments, and school. They know where they are going because they have likely lived there for quite some time. They may be quick to drive aggressively and be frustrated when a non-local doesn’t drive like the other locals. Be aware of your surroundings and prepared for this possibility.
In addition to aggressive driving, it is easy for locals who are comfortable with the local roads to check their social media or text while driving. No matter how much phone usage is prohibited while driving, you can still be the unfortunate person that runs into a cell phone user while driving (literally). In fact, many car accidents have occurred within a few miles of people’s homes that are involved. This is because of the false notion that because you are close to home, it’s safe to start unwinding and using your phone. As with aggressive drivers, be conscious that there are people that will not follow the law.
At O’Brien, we care about our clients and want them to have safe vacations. If you are ever in a car accident, contact our skilled attorneys that can help you receive compensation. Call us today: (716) 907-7777.