Once summer begins to wind down, few things are more exciting than football season. But before you let the thrill of the next Ducks or Beavers game take hold, take a moment to consider on-road safety. Whether you’re painting your face and heading to the stadium or meeting friends at a local sports bar to watch the game, don’t forget that safely getting home is more important than anything happening on the field. Stay safe while driving during football season with a few helpful tips from the Main Auto Body, Inc. team.
Take It Slow
With so many fans excited for the game, Saturdays and Sundays are quite the spectacle. But more cars on the road mean more accidents are bound to happen. Weaving in and out of traffic is never smart and quickly leads to game day collisions. Stay in your lane until you’re ready to turn or it’s safe to pass. Using your turn signal is equally important, as this lets other drivers know you intend to turn into a crowded stadium parking lot before you need to do so.
You should also make it a point to stay focused on the road. Between cars driving by with team flags, amped-up passengers, and your team’s fight song blaring on the radio, it’s easy to get distracted. If you keep your eyes on the road, you can avoid potential accidents.
Drinking and driving don’t mix. Alcoholic drinks are readily available at most tailgate parties and sports bars, but fans must drink in moderation to ensure everyone gets home safely. Assigning a designated driver is the best way to avoid driving while intoxicated. If someone in your group avoids alcohol, they are better prepared to handle chaotic driving conditions after the game’s gone final. This will keep your group safe and protect other drivers as well.
When you don’t have a designated driver, it is extremely important to drink responsibly. Limiting alcohol consumption helps you think clearly, react rapidly, and avoid on-road hazards. If you do have too much to drink, call someone for a ride or use a taxi or ride-sharing service. Doing so allows you to avoid costly tickets, the loss of your license, and dangerous – or even deadly – accidents.
Watch Out for the Elements
As football season swings into gear, the weather in the Pacific Northwest changes, too. When driving in the fall, be on the lookout for wet leaves that cause slick roads and make it hard for you to brake effectively. Piles of leaves can also hide bumps or holes in the road, so it’s best to drive with caution. Keep your wipers in good condition to deal with pouring rain, but don’t forget that standing water in the road can be unsafe as well, especially if hit at high speeds. And as temperatures drop, fog, ice, snow, and freezing rain all require drivers to slow down and take extra caution when driving to or from the game.
Stay Safe this Football Season
With these tips in mind, you’re ready to stay safe on the roads this football season. But sometimes accidents occur despite our best efforts. When they do, the I-Car Gold Certified technicians at Main Auto Body, Inc. are here to help. We offer collision repair, paintless dent repair, and glass replacement services to restore your vehicle and get you back on the road. To learn more, contact your nearest location in Bend or throughout Northwest Oregon today.