The holiday season is a popular time of year to embark on long road trips to celebrate with family and friends. Unfortunately, this time of year is also the most dangerous.
Every year thousands of people are seriously injured or killed in traffic-related collisions during the winter months. It is imperative to be completely aware of the possible dangers you can encounter and avoid facing tragedy.
The following are common driving dangers that you may experience this holiday season:
- Drunk driving – The holidays are a time to be festive and merry, which is why many people celebrate with alcohol. However, the majority of vehicle collisions that occur during the holiday season are caused by drunk drivers. Pay attention to any signs of intoxication, such as swerving.
- Distracted driving – We rely on our cellphones to communicate with one another, keep up with current events, and perform daily activities. Unfortunately, many people often drive while using their phone.
- Fatigued driving – Sitting through traffic or journeying long distances can really take a toll on a person’s stamina and ability to remain awake. If you feel tired while driving during your trip, switch with someone else in your vehicle or rest in a motel for the night.
- Stressed driving – There is no question that the holidays are associated with the stress, whether it’s from shopping at crowded malls or driving through traffic. When drivers get stressed, they tend to behave recklessly. It is important always to remain calm on the road, no matter how hectic life is for the moment.
When you are enjoying the festivities with loved ones, remember to practice safe driving. Do not drive if you have consumed alcohol - buzzed driving is still dangerous. If you are feeling drowsy, consider taking a short nap before heading out on the roads. Making the right choices can help to avoid accidents for you and others on the road.