The holiday season is the time of year we spend time with family and friends
– near and far – which is why the 35 days between Thanksgiving
and New Year’s become the busiest long-distance-driving time period
of the year in the United States. Unfortunately, this is also one of the
most dangerous times to drive.
If you are planning on taking a long road trip for the holidays, it is
imperative to be aware of the potential hazards that you can experience
on the road. In addition to inclement weather conditions during the winter,
keep in mind of dangerous driving behaviors of those around you.
The following are the four most dangerous holiday driving hazards:
Impaired or intoxicated driving – The holidays involve festive celebrations that involve alcohol
consumption. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA), nearly half of all traffic-related fatalities every year involve
drunk motorists. Make sure you stay aware of suspicious driving behaviors,
such as swerving, changing lanes without signaling, or recklessness.
Distracted driving – Since we rely on our cellphones to communicate with others, stay
updated on current events, and conduct our daily lives, distracted driving
has become the third most common cause of all vehicle accidents, injuries,
and fatalities. As soon as you embark on your journey, do not use your
cellphone while you are driving.
Fatigued driving – Due to the demands of the holidays, most people often suffer from
lack of sleep. If you plan on driving long distances, make sure you get
plenty of rest before the trip or coordinate switches with other passengers
in your vehicle. Don’t be afraid to even stop by a motel and get
Stressed driving – Additionally, the demands of the holidays are associated with
increased pressures, either financially or trying to do too much in a
short period of time. Stressful drivers tend to perpetuate their feelings
into their driving behaviors, resulting in
reckless driving. Always have a calm state of mind whenever you get behind the wheel, despite
the stresses of the season.
If you have suffered an injury after being involved in a
car accident with a negligent driver in Austin, TX,
contact Komie & Morrow, LLP and schedule a
free consultation with our Austin car accident lawyers today.