The holiday season is upon us, and that means driving conditions are a little more dangerous than usual. The winter cold brings sleet, rain and potentially snow. It also brings clogged highways and local roads that are full of stressed out and distracted shoppers. This means that you and your family need to be extra careful while navigating traffic this time of year.

Here are several tips to help prevent a serious collision from destroying this festive season:

Don’t drive after drinking: Don’t drive after consuming any kind of alcoholic beverage or any other type of intoxicant. Be strict with this. Not only could it save your life, but it could also prevent you from getting into serious trouble with the law.

Make a plan: Whether you’re driving long distance or just to the mall, make a plan. Be prepared for unusual and unexpected winter driving conditions. Look at weather reports, and stay at home if possible if it looks like the weather will make driving hazardous.

Get lots of rest: Countless car crashes are caused by tired and distracted drivers each year. Don’t become a part of the ever-growing number of people who are injured or killed as a result of fatigued driving. Get some rest. If you’re tired, pull over and take a nap or have a cup of coffee.

Of course, there’s a lot more you can do to avoid a car crash during the holidays, like not using a cellphone, driving the speed limit and following all other driving laws. If you do all these things, however, and you are still injured in a collision because of a negligent or reckless driver, it’s wise to determine what your legal options are for seeking compensation and damages.