Tips for Safe Holiday Driving on New Year’s Eve

By Product Expert | Posted in Tips on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016 at 9:56 pm
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Winter Safety Tips How to Stay Safe Driving on New Year’s Eve   

New Year’s Eve is a time for champagne, good cheer, and terrible driving.  While the majority of drivers you encounter will be cautious and mindful of the traffic around them, for one reason or another, some drivers will be extra-careless on New Year’s Eve.  It might be snow or icy conditions outside that cause them to slip and slide their rides on the highway, or it might be they had one too many drinks at a holiday party.  Either way, we have an easy-to-use guide with tips on how to stay safe during the holidays, when you’re on the road.

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Tips for Avoiding Careless Motorists on New Year‘s Eve

New Year’s Eve parties are common on December 31st every year, and unfortunately so are the less-than-sober drivers who are on their way home from the same parties.  Here’s a few ways to stay safe on New Year’s Eve, when the parties are everywhere and so are the wayward motorists.

And of course, if you’re going to drink at a New Year’s Eve party yourself the safest bet is to have a designated driver as opposed to risking it on the road after a few drinks.

  • Avoid peak post-party times.  Many New Year’s Eve parties run until at least midnight, so if you’re on the road at 7 p.m. or even 10 p.m., you aren’t terribly likely to see the streets filled with inebriated drivers.  However, driving at midnight or 1 a.m. is a peak time when people are leaving the bar or party and heading home.
  • Find a place to stay.  If you want to be optimally safe on New Year’s Eve, it’s best to do your driving earlier in the evening or have a place lined up where you can stay overnight if you’ve been partying yourself and drive home the next day.  If you’re a real night owl, the traffic tends to be lighter around 2 a.m. and later, though you still need to be mindful of drunk drivers.
  • Keep your head on a swivel.  No matter when you are driving, be mindful of the drivers in front of, and also behind you, and keep a safe braking distance between your car and theirs.
Winter driving 2016 2017 New Year's Matt Castrucci Honda Dayton OH
Winter driving 2016 2017 New Year's Matt Castrucci Honda

Tips for Staying Safe in Snowy Driving

Whatever the weather in winter – be it snow, ice storms, or freezing cold – there’s the potential for an accident if you’re not mindful of the conditions outside.  Here’s some tips to stay safe in the winter

  • Check the weather report before you leave.  This way, you know what clothes to wear and what supplies to bring for your car.
  • Don’t use your cruise control.  Cruise control is a nice tool, but if the roads are slick or uneven, having your car at a steady cruising speed and unable to adjust on the fly could lead to skid-outs.
  • Have the proper tires.  In winter, it’s important to have the right tires so you can have the best traction on the road.  Whether you go to your local mechanic to have your tire treads checked and replace any old ones, or you buy new snow tires, these steps will make sure you get a better grip on the road.

Stay Safe Out There – From Everyone at Matt Castrucci Honda

Matt Castrucci Honda is located at 3013 Mall Park Drive in Dayton, OH.  To contact us, our phone number is (855) 250-8986.  For more about local news or new vehicle releases on the lot, check back here at the Matt Castrucci Honda blog.

One Response to “Tips for Safe Holiday Driving on New Year’s Eve”

  1. carly says:

    i have a white circulating circle on my dash board what does this mean it is not in owners manual

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