This time of year is filled with festivities and celebration, but as we all know it is also the darkest time of the year. Here are a few tips to help this season be a little brighter and safer.
Check your car lights.
When was the last time you took a look at your car headlights, brake lights and fog lights? If you’re like most of us it has been a while. The next time you have a moment, turn those lights on and walk around your vehicle to be sure they are all shining their brightest. Having good illumination can make a big difference in your vision and can help others on the road see you better too. An added bonus: it’s preferable to find out before you’re told by someone else in the form of a moving violation ticket.
Give yourself extra time.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season in full swing, we are all crunched for time to get things done. Unfortunately, this can mean stressful and sometimes speedy driving. This combined with the later sunrises and early sunsets can be a dangerous combination. Try to give yourself an extra 5 or 10 minutes to get where you’re going and you will be less likely to take risks with speed.
Check exterior home and office lights.
Exterior lights can sometimes be an afterthought because we only use them for the brief moments coming or going to our homes or workplaces, however having well lit walkways and porches can make these regular trips much more pleasant and safe. How often have you arrived to your entryway to a dim or burned out bulb and an armful of packages or groceries while trying to find your keys? Fresh, bright bulbs will make these everyday trips easier.
Wear reflective and bright clothing.