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How to stay safe when traveling during this winter holiday season

On Behalf of | Dec 1, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Holiday travels may take place by planes, trains or automobiles, but most Americans head out on the highways toward their holiday destinations. The National Safety Council states that auto travel, per passenger mile, has the deadliest rates of any other form of travel.

It’s not just the traveling you do on the main day, either. Distracted shoppers eager to snatch up bargains for gifts and holiday menu items and seasonal revelers who have imbibed too much alcohol at work and social events clog the local streets and roads. All present hazards to you and your loved ones as you head out on short trips and long journeys alike.

How can you prevent tragedy from striking?

Remaining vigilant behind the wheel is imperative during these times of enhanced highway driving dangers. Below are some tips that might save lives:

  • Remember that you are only as safe as the other drivers on the road in proximity to you. Watch for aggressive drivers who may exhibit road rage over trivial things like parking spots or quick lane changes. 
  • Pay attention. Watch out for drivers who show signs of impairment to give them a wide berth and avoid collisions.
  • Buckle up. Insist that all passengers wear safety belts and that small children are in appropriately sized car or booster seats during the entire ride.
  • Avoid driving after even one alcoholic drink. Even if you don’t cause a wreck, you still could wind up arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI), a sure way to have a joyless holiday.
  • Don’t drive when fatigued. Drowsy drivers display similar types of impairment as drugged and intoxicated motorists do.

Sometimes, despite all your precautions, accidents happen. If you get injured in a holiday accident, learn more about your rights to seek compensation for your injuries and other damages.