While the holidays are one of the most festive times of the year, full of fun gatherings and visits with family and friends, they are also one of the most dangerous in terms of the risks for serious personal injuries. Car accidents are particularly common and can happen for a variety of reasons. Follow our safety tips to help ensure you and your loved ones get through the season safely.
Holiday Driving Dangers
Holiday celebrations begin early in Aiken. In addition to local community events, many people are busy attending work parties, family gatherings, and social activities with friends. Drinking often goes hand in hand with holiday visits and increases the risk of car accidents and injuries. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, close to 800 people lose their lives to DUI related crashes and collisions during the month of December and nearly half of these occur between the week of Christmas and New Year’s alone.
If you are going out and you plan on having even one of two drinks, make alternate arrangements to get home, such as taking a cab or using a ride-sharing service. Forget walking or biking, as these can be just as dangerous while under the influence. Even if you are not drinking, use caution while out on the roads and keep an eye out for other drivers who may be impaired. Follow these traffic safety tips to protect yourself and your passengers:
Keep your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel at all times. Avoid driving distractions, such as texting or talking on the phone.
Obey the speed limit and avoid driving too fast for conditions. During rainy, foggy, or other wet conditions, visibility is impaired and roads are likely to be slick.
Avoid tailgating, failing to yield, and other aggressive driving behavior. If another driver gets hostile, keep your distance and avoid getting into confrontations.
Make sure you get enough rest. The holidays can wreak havoc with your sleep schedule. Realize that missing several hours of sleep at night has the same impact on your driving skills as driving under the influence.
Take Precautions When Traveling
According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), as many as one out of three people hit the road at some point during the holiday season. Whether you are visiting family and friends in another town or state, be aware of increased traffic conditions you will likely encounter and take a few simple precautions before you go:
Get your car checked by a professional mechanic and take care of minor repairs and maintenance
Check the weather forecast where you are visiting and conditions along the way
Let someone know your itinerary and your expected arrival time at your destination
Pack an emergency car kit, including basic tools, a flashlight, bottled water, and other supplies, just in case you run into trouble
Get Legal Help Today
When accidents and injuries happen, the Surasky Law Firm, LLC can help you get the compensation you need to recover. To request a consultation, contact our Aiken personal injury attorney today.