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Safe Holiday Driving Tips With Ford Latino

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Driving in Los Angeles can be difficult on a normal day. But add holiday traffic, holiday parties and distracted driving to the mix and it can be dangerous. Ford Latino wants to make sure you get where you’re going safely so they’ve shared these Safe Holiday Driving Tips.

Ford Edge

  1. Never drive distracted, drowsy or under the influence. There’s always someone to call when you feel like you can’t drive. Call a friend, a relative or a Lyft to come and get you if it’s not safe for you to drive.
  2. Plan your trip in advance and preplan stops. Don’t wait until you jump in the car to figure out where you’re going. Map it out before you leave and plan out your stops.
  3. Take advantage of the safety technologies in your vehicle, such as voice commands cameras and sensors. Be aware of your car’s features and use them. Use cameras to help you see areas that you might not be able to visible.
  4. Keep up on vehicle maintenance to avoid car trouble while on the road. You don’t want your “check engine” light to go on when you’re out having fun and you definitely don’t want to be stranded on the side of the road because your car broke down. Get your oil changed on schedule and take your car in for regular maintenance.
  5. Replace old windshield wipers to prepare for bad weather. There’s nothing worse than poor visibility during a rainstorm. Replace your windshield wipers before they become too old to work well.
  6. Pay attention to local driving laws. Pay attention to your surroundings and know the laws in the city, county or state that you’re driving in – especially the speed limit.
  7. Keep jumper cables, flashlights, non-perishable snacks and water in your trunk. You never know what can happen on Los Angeles roads so it’s best to be prepared. Make sure you have enough food and water in case of emergency. You should have 1 gallon of water per person a day to last for 3 days and enough food for you and your passengers. Make sure you have blankets in case you’re stuck in the cold, and extra batteries for the flashlights.
  8. Always wear safety restraints. This seems obvious, but always wear seatbelts even if you’re just going a few blocks to a friend’s party. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than half of the motor vehicles deaths in 2014 involved people who were unrestrained.

Drive safely and Happy Holidays!

This post is part of a sponsored campaign with Ford Latino. 

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Yvonne Condes (717 Posts)

Yvonne Condes is the Editor and Co-Founder of MomsLA.com. She is a Los Angeles Mom of 2, former newspaper reporter, and occasional marathoner. Also find her at her personal Latina blog YvonneInLA.com and @YvonneInLA and MomsLA.


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