3 Ways To Avoid Getting Stranded On The Highways During The Holiday Season

There are way more people on the roadways during the holiday season than any other time of year. Unfortunately, this means that accidents are more likely to occur, and more drivers are likely to need a towing service. Even though auto towing services tend to be available at all times of the day and night, no matter the season, the demand for these services naturally goes up with the higher amount of traffic. The more you can avoid getting stranded on the highway this holiday season, the better off you will be as a driver. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you set out for your holiday festivities. 

1. Fill up before you leave town. 

Take the time to fill up your gas tank before you leave, and it is even a good idea to stick an extra can of leak-proof gas in the trunk. Traffic jams can leave you sitting idle for hours, and you can burn through more fuel than what you anticipated. Towing services can bring you fuel to get you on your way for sure, but it is far better if you start out with a full tank and plan periodic stops to top-off the tank before heading to high-traffic areas. 

2. Plan for stops to rest during long trips back home. 

More accidents can happen on the way home after holiday get-togethers are over because drivers are more likely to be distracted and tired. You're full of holiday feast food, you've had a long day, and you're facing a very long drive home. If you are in this situation, it is best to plan for stops along the way to get some rest. Even if you cannot stop at a hotel for the night because you have to get to work the next morning, consider penciling in time to stop at rest areas to stretch your legs, grab some coffee, and move around a bit. Taking breaks will make it far less likely that fatigue causes an accident on the way home. 

3. Avoid high-traffic areas when you can. 

The main highways may be the fastest routes to get you where you need to be, but these will also be the busiest roadways. It can be better to take an alternate route and avoid these busy roadways even if it is going to slow down your arrival time by a few minutes. The more traffic you encounter, the more likely it is that you get involved in an accident or get stuck in a traffic jam and run out of gas. 

To learn more, contact your local tow truck company today.