Thanksgiving is fast approaching, and many of us will travel to see friends and loved ones over the holiday season. Unfortunately, mass travel events like holiday weekends lead to a spike in car accidents which makes driving on the roads far more dangerous than other times of the year. What’s more, people tend to treat normal rules of driving like always fastening their seat belts or making sure not to drink and drive, as more optional during holiday seasons. This leads to more accidents, injuries, and deaths during holiday seasons, many of which could have been prevented.
Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to help make your holiday trip safer:
1. Follow The Law: Drinking and Driving, driving without a seat belt, or (new this year in Texas) driving while using a cellphone are all illegal and all substantially increase your chances of being badly injured or killed. Just following the basic rules of the road will keep you safer and could very well save your life if you are in an accident.
2. Plan Your Trip To Avoid The Worst Traffic: If possible, see if you can schedule your driving days a little before or a little after the peak days of traffic. Not only will you remove some of the frustration that comes with things like traffic jams, you’ll be considerably safer if you travel at times when there are less other drivers on the road.
3. Don’t Travel At Night: We’re all pressed for time during the holiday season, and it often seems like getting in a few extra hours of driving by traveling after sunset would be worth it, but try and resist that urge. At night both your and other drivers are more tired and more likely to make a mistake, plus the reduced visibility can cause you to miss a key sign that there is a problem with the roadway your are own or with the behavior of an approaching driver. If you do plan to travel long distances by road, see if you can’t fit your schedule into daylight hours and use the evenings to rest.