GEICO says keep the holiday rush out of your driving

WASHINGTON, D.C., Dec. 14, 2019 – Whether it's a shopping excursion, a journey to locate the perfect tree, or a trip to an annual holiday party, GEICO urges drivers to approach their holiday errands with patience and consideration for other drivers to help everyone have a safe holiday season.

Consider the following tips next time you head out for a holiday activity.

  • A little courtesy goes a long way: Remember that you're not the only car on the road, and many others are also trying to get to the same places. Considerate gestures, like leaving space for a car to pull out into traffic or change lanes help everyone's trips go more smoothly.
  • It's best not to be in a rush: Dashing through the snow may sound exhilarating; however, that—not to mention zipping across normal, dry pavement—can lead to dangerous consequences. As traffic builds throughout the holiday season, take it easy and leave extra time to get to your destination.
  • Aggressive driving puts you on the naughty list: Tailgating, weaving through traffic and failing to yield the right of way can cause anything from moderate frustration to a devastating crash. There's no room for this type of behavior on any roadway, as it severely jeopardizes the safety of many vehicles around the offending car.
  • Have a plan in place if you consume alcoholic beverages: The holiday season is a time for merriment, which may include consuming alcoholic beverages at a gathering. If you plan to have drinks, make sure getting behind the wheel does not become part of your plan later. Many jurisdictions across the country step up DUI patrols this time of year. Plan to order a rideshare, take public transportation or assign a sober designated driver to get you home.

For more safe driving tips, visit the car safety and insurance page on GEICO More.

GEICO (Government Employees Insurance Company), the second-largest auto insurer in the U.S., was founded in 1936 and insures more than 28 million vehicles in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. A member of the Berkshire Hathaway family of companies, GEICO employs more than 43,000 associates countrywide. GEICO constantly strives to make lives better by protecting people against unexpected events while saving them money and providing an outstanding customer experience. Along with personal auto insurance, commercial auto and personal umbrella coverages are also available. Homeowners, renters, condo, flood, identity theft, term life, and more coverages are written through non-affiliated insurance companies and are secured through the GEICO Insurance Agency, Inc. Visit geico.com for a quote or to learn more.