The Dos and Don’ts of New Year’s Eve Car Safety

Learn how you can protect your car this New Year’s Eve.

While you might not be thinking about your car this New Year’s Eve, you should know that it faces many risks this holiday.  Between the threat of drunk drivers and the possibility of theft, there are many things that you should be vigilant about.  Here are some safety tips that can help protect your car this New Year’s Eve.

Do: Plan Ahead

For many people, New Year’s Even means having a couple of drinks at a party or club.  If this is true for you, then make sure that you have arrangements for after the party.  For instance, you and your friends should discuss who will be designated driver or who will call for a cab or Uber at the end of the night.  You might also want to make arrangements for your friends to spend the night so they don’t attempt to drive.

Don’t: Drunk Drive

You should never, under any circumstances get behind the wheel of a car while under the influence of alcohol.  Keep in mind that drunk driving doesn’t just affect you, it places innocent bystanders at risk as well.  Additionally, it is your responsibility to make sure that none of your friends attempt to drive while intoxicated.  Even if you are forced to take their keys away, risking their anger is far preferable to risking their life and the lives of others.

Do: Drive Defensively

If you are driving on New Year’s Eve, then take things slow.  Unfortunately, there are many drunk and reckless drivers out on this night and it’s important that you stay vigilant.  Reducing your speed, increasing your following distance, and staying calm can all help you avoid getting into a wreck.

Don’t: Leave Your Car Out

If possible, park your car inside your garage on New Year’s Eve.  New Year’s Eve is one of the most active holidays for car thefts.  Additionally, between drunken drivers and immature individuals, leaving your car parked on the street can increase your car’s changes of getting stolen or vandalized.

Do: Avoid Driving at Night

The best way to avoid getting into an accident on New Year’s Eve is by simply avoiding the road.  Drunk drivers are most active between the hours of 8:00 pm and 2:00 am and this is also when most traffic accidents occur.  While you may be responsible on New Year’s Eve, you cannot expect everyone else to be.  The only sure-fire way to avoid getting into a car accident is by not getting into a car at all.

Follow these tips to stay safe and protect your car this New Year’s Eve.  Remember, another way to stay safe on the road this holiday season is by having the right insurance coverage to address you needs.  To find the best policies for you, contact the professionals at Mike Leonard Insurance Agency.  Located in North Texas, our dedicated team is eager to find you the right coverage from one of our many carriers including: Kemper, MetLife, Travelers, The Hartford, Safeco Insurance, Progressive, and American Strategic Insurance.