Holidays come with a higher risk of traffic fatalities, particularly those related to drunk driving. According to the National Safety Council, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities rise about 10% on New Year’s Day compared to the annual average. When it’s time to celebrate the coming of 2022, follow these New Year’s Eve driving tips to stay safe on the roads.
Establish a driving plan before you party
The worst thing you can do is head to a party without a plan for getting home. Before you drink, you should arrange to have a designated driver, prepare to pay for a taxi or ridesharing service, or crash at your friend’s place overnight.
Practice defensive driving
If you’re the designated driver, being sober behind the wheel is not enough to avoid getting into an accident. Be aware that other drivers are more likely than usual to be alcohol-impaired. Look ahead and expect the unexpected, maintain safe following distances, and yield to inattentive drivers — even if you have the right of way.
Confiscate your guests’ keys
If you’re hosting a New Year’s Eve party, look after your guests’ well-being. Ask them to give you their keys when they arrive so you can ensure they do not leave while unfit to drive. Consider serving nonalcoholic drinks and preparing an area where friends can crash.
For many, fall is the nicest season of the year thanks to cool temperatures, beautiful foliage, and the anticipation for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and later winter holidays. But it’s also one of the most dangerous seasons when it comes to driving. Use the following fall driving tips to stay safe while on the road.
Look for weather changes
With fall comes fog and the first morning frosts. Turn on your headlights in the morning but avoid using high beams, as these bounce off the fog and make visibility worse. Get your tires checked to ensure they are properly inflated, as lower temperatures reduce pressure.
Anticipate sun glare
One of the worst parts of driving in the fall is the glare. The changing position of the sun’s arc overhead, along with daylight savings setting the clock back an hour, combine to create difficult driving conditions around rush-hour while also ensuring you’ll suddenly be driving at night a whole lot more.
Be wary of leaves
Fall leaves are beautiful, but they can be a hazard on the road. When it rains, wet leaves can be as slippery as ice. If you notice a lot of leaves on the road ahead, make sure to slow down.
Look out for pedestrians and deer
There are more people on the road in fall than any other season thanks to school buses, active school zones, and trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Additionally, deer (and thus deer hunters) are also more active. Keep an eye on areas where people or animals could suddenly appear, such as from behind parked cars or nearby woods.
Here in Collierville, Tennessee, we enjoy warmer weather than many parts of the country all year long — and we escape the worst of the winter. However, the heavy rains during the warmer months can prove dangerous for drivers. Equip yourself with these tips for driving safely in the summer rain.
Stay Home: The surest way to stay safe during a rain storm is to stay off the roads altogether. If you’re already out, consider stopping into a store until the storm passes or pulling over until the downpour clears up.
Replace Your Wipers: Hot summer temperatures can wreak havoc on the soft rubber of your windshield wipers. Make sure you’re inspecting your wipers once a month, as well as before you take a long trip. If they need to be replaced, schedule a service appointment here at Sunrise Chevy Buick GMC at Collierville to help ensure you have maximum visibility on your travels.
Stop Cruising: If a summer rain storm starts when you’re using cruise control, you should turn it off to ensure you’re fully paying attention and that you’re getting the best traction possible. You should also slow down, since rainy roads mean that you’ll need a bit more time to bring your vehicle to full halt.
Contact the service department at Sunrise Chevy Buick GMC at Collierville to make sure your tires, brakes, and wipers are in the right condition to handle rainy weather this summer.
Road trips are a time-tested way to break away from your routine, relax, and form memories that will last a lifetime. But all of that can turn sour in an instant if your children decide to be rambunctious, disobedient, or just plain loud. So, we compiled a few tips to help keep your kids quieter on family road trips this summer.
Throw on a family-favorite flick
Many of GM’s vehicles — including the family-friendly Chevrolet Tahoe — offer a Rear Seat Entertainment system designed to keep your kids occupied when you still have miles to go before reaching your destination. It allows you to plug in a variety of devices into the set of 12.6-inch screens via USB and HDMI ports and even stream content through the available 4G LTE Wi-Fi® hotspot. So, pop on one of their favorite movies or shows and let the hours pass in peace.
Develop their sense of direction
Exploring the streets of Collierville and beyond is a great opportunity to teach your kids how to memorize a route. If you have a compass — or if there’s a digital one built into your vehicle — try to direct your youngsters to pay attention to when it changes, and then relate that to the most recent street sign you passed. If it works, they may not have to rely on a GPS as much when it’s their turn to hop behind the wheel.
Play a game
Lots of kids love games, and engaging with their curious and competitive nature is a great way to keep them from getting bored and restless. The most popular standby is certainly “I Spy,” but if you really need to lower the volume, it’s hard to beat the “Silent Game.”
If your vehicle needs a bit of attention before you set off on your next family road trip, the service experts at Sunrise Chevrolet Buick GMC at Collierville can have you riding happy in a snap.