Now that the holidays are in full swing, many drivers will take to the highways to visit family and friends. The Texas Department of Transportation has some advice for drivers who will be traveling that will hopefully decrease the number of car accidents.

One of the most important things drivers can do to stay safe is to avoid using a cellphone as much as possible. Texting and making calls while driving has caused numerous accidents, some of which resulted in serious injuries or even death. If cellphone use is required, using a hands-free device is slightly safer.

Another tip provided by the TXDoT is to wear a seat belt. Statistics show that seat belts save lives, so all drivers and passengers should buckle up as soon as they get in the car. Children should also be in the appropriate safety seat for their weight and age.

A third tip is to drive per the conditions of the road. If the roads are icy or it is raining, a driver should slow down to prevent accidents. Also when traveling at night, make sure you watch out for animals crossing the road.

Other tips include only passing in the left lane, never getting behind the wheel after you’ve been drinking and obeying all traffic laws, such as speed limits and construction zone rules.

Following these tips could help drivers stay safe. However, sometimes accidents will still happen, and when they occur, those who suffer injuries or losses have a right to compensation. A legal professional with experience in this area can help victims determine if seeking damages is the best course of action.

Source: KVUE, “TxDOT offers Thanksgiving travel tips” No author given, Nov. 26, 2013