The end of the year and the holiday season are a time for celebration and togetherness, but they also bring an increased risk of motor vehicle crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there are an average of 119 fatal crashes per day on major holidays in the United States, compared to 102 fatal crashes per day on average throughout the rest of the year.
Factors Contributing to Increased Holiday Crashes
Several factors contribute to the increased risk of crashes during the holidays, including:
- Increased Travel: The holidays are a time for increased travel, as people visit family and friends. This puts more cars on the roads, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
- Impaired Driving: Alcohol consumption is common during the holidays, and impaired driving is a major factor in many crashes. In 2020, 30% of all fatal traffic crashes in the United States involved alcohol impairment.
- Fatigue: Holiday travel often involves long drives, which can lead to driver fatigue. Fatigued drivers are more likely to make mistakes, such as failing to stop at red lights or speeding.
- Distracted Driving: Distracted driving, such as using a cell phone or talking to passengers, is another major factor in car accidents. Distracted drivers are less likely to be aware of their surroundings and react to hazards in time.
Dangers of Driving During the Holidays
In addition to the factors mentioned above, there are other dangers associated with driving during the holidays, including:
- Adverse Weather: Winter weather, such as snow and ice, can make driving conditions hazardous. Slippery roads and reduced visibility can lead to loss of control and accidents.
- Crowded Roads: Holiday traffic can be heavy and unpredictable. This can lead to congestion, road rage, and an increased risk of accidents.
Tips for Staying Safe on the Roads During the Holidays
To stay safe on the roads during the holidays, follow these tips:
- Plan your trip and avoid driving during peak hours.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Get enough sleep before driving.
- Avoid distractions while driving, such as using a cell phone or talking to passengers.
- Be aware of weather conditions and adjust your driving accordingly.
- Drive defensively and be aware of other drivers.
By following these tips, you can help reduce your risk of being involved in a motor vehicle crash during the holidays. Be safe out there folks and enjoy the holidays with your family. From your friends at Cook, Bradford & Levy, LLC.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration: https://www.nhtsa.gov/
National Safety Council: https://www.nsc.org/
Mothers Against Drunk Driving: https://www.madd.org/