5 Shocking Facts About Auto Accidents During the Holiday Season
Everyone gets excited around the holidays as this is the time to travel and visit friends and family. However, all this traveling and excitement mean busier roads and potentially more car accidents. See the five shocking facts when it comes to holiday accidents. We’ll also dive into the topic and see why is this time of year so much worse than the rest of the year for auto crashes.
1. An average of 343 people die in traffic during the 3-day Christmas Holiday period.
2. An average of 373 die over the 3-day New Year holiday
3. Nearly 25,000 people were killed between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day last year.
4. 38% of previous years’ fatalities during Christmas involved an alcohol-impaired driver.
5. Roughly 45,000 nonfatal injuries occur annually between November and December.
How to Prevent Car Crashes During the Holidays
The heavy traffic during the holidays increases the chances of car collisions. Combine this with all the distractions that naturally come with traveling and meeting family and friends. Here’s what everyone should remember to minimize the chances of a car accident.
Keep Phone Use to a Minimum
Whether you’re using a hands-free or not, phone conversations can be distracting. Yes, there are emergencies and safe ways to talk over the phone, but even pressing the green button to answer a call may distract you enough and cause an accident. Having the mindset to keep phone use to a minimum helps.
Get Enough Sleep & Stay Awake
Statistics show that even one hour of missing sleep significantly increases the chances of a motor vehicle collision. Getting enough sleep before driving is just as important as doing everything possible to stay awake and concentrated on the road. For Example, on long trips, always make sure to take frequent breaks as recommended but if you feel fatigued, pull over to the first safe spot to get some rest until you can drive again.
Never Drink & Drive
There can never be enough emphasis on the dangers of drinking and driving. However, during the holidays, people tend to ignore this or feel they didn’t have enough alcohol in their system to cause an accident. Set your priorities straight; even half a glass could be fatal.
The holidays should be a time of love and joy and not a mourning time of the year. Do your best to protect yourself, the people you love, and everyone around you while driving.