The holiday season is said to be the most wonderful time of the year, unfortunately it is also the time of the year where many tragedies occur. The roads will be busier than usual from people traveling different distances to visit their loved ones. The National Safety Council estimates that there will be 366 deaths and 39,200 injuries from car accidents during the Christmas season. Although you can’t control what the driver next to you does, you can do your part to maintain a safe driving environment. Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind whenever you get on the road.
- Don’t drink and drive. Drunk drivers will be at an all-time high. This is the most common reason for accidents around this time of the year. If you do decide to drink, designate a sober driver, download the Uber app or find other means of transportation.
- Get plenty of sleep the night before your trip and plan regular stops. It is not safe to drive when you are tired. If you do find yourself falling asleep behind the wheel find a place to stay the night.
- Click or ticket. Seat belts can save your life. The National Safety Council Mission estimates that seat belts could save an estimated 134 lives during the Christmas season and 154 lives during the New Year holiday. So buckle up every time, even if you are only traveling a short distance and make sure to secure children in an appropriate sized restraint.
- Be alert. The holiday season also brings winter weather. Make sure your vehicle has been serviced and ready to go for your trip. Give yourself enough time to get to your destination and drive defensively in bad weather. Keep your eyes on the road at all times. Follow the speed limit and watch out for cautionary signs. Stray away from using cellphones and other electronic devices when you are behind the wheel.