The holiday season is the most dangerous time for drivers across America. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), officials register more accidents during holiday seasons than during the non-holiday periods. That is due to a series of factors such as the increased number of cars on the road, the higher number of intoxicated, impaired, and distracted drivers, and the increase of drowsy driving.
In addition, NHTSA data shows, stress caused by longer trips also leads to an increase in aggressive driving and road rage accidents.
In Washington state, the inclement weather is also to blame for the increase in the number of deadly traffic accidents during this time of year.
Plan Ahead: Stay Safe This Holiday Season
As you plan your family holiday trips, it is important to implement certain safety measures to help prevent accidents between the Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations.
While on the road, be mindful of speed limits and road conditions. If the road is icy or if it has been snowing, slow down and follow the safety tips we highlighted in this recent article.
Never engage in reckless driving. Avoid road rage and aggressive behaviors. If something upsets you while driving, turn on some relaxing music or pull over and take a break.
Before hitting the road, have your vehicle checked by a trustworthy mechanic. Do not leave the house for a long-distance trip without making sure your car is in top shape.
Do not get behind the wheel if you’re tired. Make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep the night before you’re planning on driving and never use your phone while driving.
If you plan on drinking while attending holiday parties, plan accordingly and have a designated driver to take you home at the end of the evening. Drinking and driving is one of the top factors behind fatal accidents during the holiday season.
Keep The Holidays Safe
The holidays should be filled with cheer, fun, and time well spent with family and friends. Do your part in avoiding turning the most joyous season of the year into a time of pain and suffering. Plan ahead, put safety first, and follow traffic rules to ensure a safe driving experience.
Have a happy and safe holiday!