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Holiday Travel Safety Tips

Thanksgiving may be over, but the holiday season has only just started. Holiday safety is an issue that is most prevalent from late November to mid-January, being the time that families and friends gather, parties and gatherings are scheduled and travel spikes. It is important to take extra precautions that ensures yours and your family’s safety throughout this holiday season, especially when traveling in difficult weather conditions, limited daylight, and unfamiliar areas.

Many people travel by car during the holidays, which, unfortunately, has the highest fatality rate of any major form of transportation. Based on 2017 statistics on vehicle collisions, 463 people died on Thanksgiving Day, 299 on Christmas Day, and 329 on New Year’s Day. In about a third of these fatalities, alcohol impairment was the main contributing factor for the collision. AAA projects that approximately 107 million Americans will be traveling this year between December 23rd and January 1st for holiday festivities. Strong economic times and increasing consumer confidence are among the primary reasons for this 3.1% increase from the previous year. These statistics reveal the urgency for people to remember safe driving methods as the holiday season progresses, including to:

  • Prepare your car for winter and store an emergency preparedness kit in your vehicle.
  • Check the weather forecast before heading out to ensure that the roads will be safe to travel on.
  • Leave early and plan ahead for heavy traffic.
  • Avoid drowsy driving by sharing the amount of time behind the wheel and making sure you’re well-rested.
  • Designate a sober driver to ensure guests make it home safely after a holiday gathering.
  • Give yourself plenty of time and distance to react to any traffic around you.
  • Drive defensively during increasing holiday traffic and remain patient.
  • Avoid distractions by putting your cellphone away and focusing on the road.
  • Make sure that everyone in the vehicle is properly fastened in a seatbelt, regardless of the distance being traveled.

The holiday season presents a number of unique driving risks, making it important for drivers to be prepared and practice safe driving methods. Whether you’re traveling long or short distances, remember these holiday season driving tips before heading out on the roadways. Nevertheless, vehicle collisions may still occur even when obeying traffic laws and operating your vehicle safely. If you or a loved one suffer an injury this holiday season in a vehicle collision due to the negligence of another party, you may be entitled to compensation. Our attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. recognize the pain and suffering one goes through after being injured in a traffic collision, especially during the holiday season. Contact one of our attorneys today at (815) 929-9292 to let us handle the legal side of your claim while you focus on recovery.