2018 is right around the corner! While the idea of ringing in the new year with all your loved ones is an exciting thought, don’t forget that there are some very serious risks associated with New Year’s Eve. Some of the biggest threats you face are associated with your vehicle. Learn how you can protect your car and yourself this holiday with these safety tips.
1) Don’t Drink and Drive
New Year’s Eve is synonymous with alcohol and there’s nothing wrong with tossing back a few drinks on this holiday. However, it’s important to remember that you should never, under any circumstances drive while under the influence of alcohol. Not only does drunk driving put yourself and your car at risk for an accident, but it also places innocent bystanders in danger as well. Additionally, it is your responsibility to make sure that none of your friends drive under the influence. Instead, rely on a designated driver, call a cab, or use a ride sharing service such as Uber or Lyft this New Year’s Eve.
2) Avoid the Road
Unfortunately, New Year’s Eve has one of the highest rates of car accidents in the whole year. The only sure-fire way to avoid getting into an accident on New Year’s Eve is by simply staying off the road. Drunk drivers are most active between the hours of 8:00 pm and 2:00 am, which is when most accidents take place. Protect yourself and your vehicle by simply avoiding the road during this period. Remember, just because you are being responsible on New Year’s Eve doesn’t mean that everyone else is.
3) Drive Defensively
If you cannot avoid the road, then make sure you drive very carefully on New Year’s Eve. Reduce your speed, increase your following distance, be hyper-aware of surroundings, and do your best to stay calm. Employing these defensive driving strategies could help you avoid getting into an accident this holiday.
Try out these safety tips to protect yourself, your car, and other drivers this New Year’s Eve. We at Phocus Insurance would like to wish everyone a safe and happy New Year. If you are looking for insurance for the coming year, don’t hesitate to contact us. Located in Phoenix, Arizona, our dedicated team is always ready to find you the best policies to fit your needs.
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