With the holiday season quickly approaching, you may be making your travel plans. When doing so, you could come to find that you'll be behind the wheel for quite a few hours.

It can be great fun to take a road trip during the holidays, but only if you remain safe from start to finish. The last thing you want is to run into trouble on the road, as this can turn one of the most exciting times of the year into a living nightmare.

Here are five things you can do to improve your safety on your holiday road trip:

  • Obey the speed limit: Knowing the speed limit at all times goes a long way in ensuring that you don't exceed it. If you find your speed creeping up, slow down and remind yourself that it's for your safety.
  • Watch other drivers: Even though you're obeying the rules of the road, other drivers may decide that it's not in their best interest to do the same. Watch these people carefully, as someone could make a mistake that causes an accident.
  • A safe following distance is a must: The nation's roadways are always crowded during the holiday season, so you need to share the road with others. This means many things, such as maintaining a safe following distance.
  • Don't fall prey to distractions: From passengers who want to talk to text messages that need to be answered, there are many distractions that increase the risk of an accident.
  • Watch for inclement weather: Bad weather can pop up at any time. For example, it could be nice one minute but snowing or raining the next. If you're not prepared and willing to change your driving style, a change in weather could result in an accident.

Following these tips will help you remain safe on your holiday road trip. If you run into trouble, such as an accident caused by another driver, move to safety and call for help.

The way you deal with the aftermath of a car accident will have a lot to say about what happens next and whether you receive the compensation you deserve. Your health is top priority, but don't lose sight of the steps you can take to protect your legal rights.

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