Cold weather, distracted drivers, hectic schedules, and impaired drivers make it a prime time for accidents to occur.
The pattern usually starts around Thanksgiving (which is the deadliest travel holiday of the year) and continues on through New Year’s. Drivers should be a little more on the cautious side when driving during this two month stretch.
According to the NHTSA, in 2010, there were over 431 deadly traffic accidents on Thanksgiving Day. This is a horrible statistic and it only gets worse as the majority of the accidents caused during this holiday stretch is due to drunk drivers.
To keep you and your loved ones safe for the Holidays, please take a look at the tips below. They are meant to help keep you safe.
- Make sure your vehicle is in good working condition
- Buckle up. Seatbelts are a no-brainer.
- Slow down. With hectic schedules rising during the Holidays, many forget that regardless of how fast you are driving, you WILL get where you are wanting to go. So do it safetly
- Don’t drink and Drive. This doesn’t just go for the Holidays, but year round. Just don’t do it. It’s not worth it.
- Be well rested and alert while you are on the road. Don’t drive drowsy.
- Don’t tailgate. Time and time again, accidents occur because someone was following too close. Tailgating changes absolutely nothing when you are on the road. So don’t do it.