Holiday Driving Tips

On the road again. . . It is time for a another celebration with family and friends. . . then it’s time to go home. Drivers, are you putting yourself and loved ones in danger. . .?

Safe & effective

You just stuffed yourself at a gathering of family and friends, experienced a special, intimate, food-filled gathering with loved ones, feasted at a restaurant, or partied like a rock star, now it’s time to hit the road, right?

Not so fast. . . Driving under the influence of too much food, fun, alcohol, controlled substances, or supplements can have severe consequences.

CAUTION: Do not drive immediately after you finish feasting or partying. A full stomach slows your reflexes – the same is true of alcohol and some prescription drugs – reduced driving skills. Drivers may become sleepy or fall asleep at the wheel of the car.

Timely driving solutions

Take time to let the meal digest and alcohol work its way out of the driver’s system. Using a designated driver is a good way to make it home safely after a special gathering. Find someone that is safe and sober. You may want to rotate drivers on longer trips.

Double your pleasure

Enjoy the company of loved ones a little bit longer before you hit the road. The life you save may not just be your own, but that of your traveling companions (loved ones) as well. Be safe.

Alternatives: Start the festivities early, wait an extra hour or two to let everything sink in, or spend the night if necessary.

Get active after the feast

Take a walk. Play a game of cards, charades, video games, or ping pong. Help do the dishes or that project in the basement, workshop, or garage. Toss a ball around or shoot some hoops or a friendly game or two of pool.

No one should drive under the influence of alcohol, overindulgence, or sleepiness. If the driver feels any sign of sluggishness after a brief layover then take more time. Have them take a nap. And thank your lucky stars that you did not hit the road and have an accident.

Keep the drive alive

Drivers must be prepared for each journey. The designated driver should be able to focus on driving. They should watch out for obvious in-car driving distractions such as kids, cell phones, the radio, etc. Road rage is another problem that can literally kill the outing. Relax.

Speed kills

Slow down. In the rush to get home or to the extravaganza, many accidents occur. Drive at a reasonable speed. And pay attention!

Gas up

Be sure you have plenty of gas to go the distance. Sunday, nighttime and holiday drivers may not be able to find an open gas station. I would hate to run out of gas traveling in an isolated rural area.

Note: Think driving after overeating is risky? Then avoid extreme activities such as extreme sports and hunting immediately after the feast or party. Imagine the danger of using a loaded gun with impaired reflexes. Not a happy thought.

Drive safely and enjoy the ride. Keep the memories happy ones. Give yourself and your family the chance to enjoy future celebrations together.

Happy holidays!