Football Season Tailgating Driving Safety Tips

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Football season is here and that means nachos, foam fingers, barbeque, tail-gating and fan madness. Anyone that has attended a football game knows that traffic around a football stadium is insane; especially since the capacity for any NFL stadium around the league is easily over 50,000. To ensure safety for fans around the nation, Comedy Driving of Houston, Texas has some helpful pre-game and post-game driving tips.

Driving on the way to the game, especially near the stadium itself, is going to involve a lot of traffic so drivers should be more attentive and friendly. Leave space ahead in case of sudden stops or turns because parking routes can change and drivers ahead may be confused.

Traffic to NFL games is mostly bumper-to-bumper so always leave early. This year many NFL teams have asked their fans to arrive to a game about two hours early to ensure their fans don’t miss the kickoff. This is in part due to new security measures required by the NFL at the entrance. For detailed information about each stadium simply refer to the website of the team. This will ensure arrival is on time and no part of the game is missed.

Among the fans that will view the game from the stadium seating, reside fans which will watch the game from their make-shift stadiums. These fans arrive to the game about four to five hours early and begin setting up their barbeque grills, TV’s, play area and other sorts of gadgets which house their alcoholic beverages for consumption. For those that will partake in this ritual, they need to remember rules for alcoholic containers at the game.

Closed containers can be placed anywhere in the vehicle as long as minors are not on board. If the alcohol container is open, it’s seal is broken, or minors are on board then the alcoholic containers should be placed in a locked trunk, locked glove box, or behind the last upright seat if no trunk is available and out of reach of passengers.

It is not uncommon to lose a vehicle when attending games. Stadiums have indicators to help locate and track parked vehicles. However, sometimes the indicators may appear blurry or in some way transposed on the walk back. Make sure to remember the parking indicator or section of where the vehicle was left. Not remembering where the vehicle was left will surely cause a delay for the return ride home. “Whenever I attend a Texans game, I usually like to park closer to the exit. That way when the game is over I usually don’t fight the traffic leaving the stadium,” says Angel an employee of Comedy Driving.

Post-game driving often means first determining if there will be drinking involved during the game. It’s an NFL game; there will be a lot of drinking. Even though, it’s not late at night or a bar everyone should designate a P.A.S.S. – Person Assigned to Stay Sober, before starting the event. This will ensure safety for everyone and those they may have a little too much to drink should pass their keys to someone that is sober. Driving home drunk can result in the costly fines by roadway referees, police officers. The average DWI in Texas costs over $10,000 that’s why designating a sober driver is so important.

This is information is brought to you by Comedy Driving, Inc. and Iron Property Insurance. Comedy Driving, Inc. has been in business for over 10 years and is an approved Texas defensive driving schools.

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