Preparing for a road trip this holiday season should involve more than
selecting gifts and packing personal items. You should be aware that the
nation’s highways become particularly busy during this time, which
can increase the risk of an accident. There are a few steps you can take
to keep your family safe. If your holiday destination is the West Hills
area, you can count on
West Hills Hospital to care for your family’s well-being while you’re visiting
our beautiful neighborhood.
Plan Your Route in Advance
One leading cause of traffic accidents is driver fatigue. If you’ll
be traveling a long distance, it’s best to have at least one other
adult who can share driving responsibilities with you. If rotating drivers
isn’t possible, plan to rest along the way.
Prepare Your Car for the Trip
Ask your mechanic to give your car a tune-up. Having the brakes and tires
checked is particularly important. Additionally, place an emergency kit
in your car with essentials like first aid supplies, flares, flashlights,
water, and blankets.
Reduce Your Risk of Traffic Accidents
It’s essential to continually monitor the changing traffic patterns
around your vehicle. Other holiday travelers may be driving while distracted
or fatigued, and they may be more likely to tailgate, fail to check their
blind spots, and fail to use turning signals. Generally, the middle lane
is the safest. In the event that a driver near you becomes careless, you’ll
have an escape route to either side of your car.
Stay Hydrated and Bring Nutritious Food
Sip water frequently while on the road. Dehydration can result in fatigue
and impaired alertness, both of which can increase the risk of a traffic
accident. It can be difficult to find healthy food choices at highway
rest areas. Consider packing a cooler with nutritious snacks such as grapes,
apples, nuts, hummus, and whole grain crackers.
For all of your healthcare needs, you can put your trust in the caring
professionals at West Hills Hospital. In addition to providing emergency
care for West Hills residents and travelers, our hospital offers cancer
care, spine care, and maternity services. You can call (818) 676-4321
to consult a registered nurse or visit us online for more helpful health and