While Thanksgiving and the holidays can be a time for family and celebration,
they can also bring an increased risk of
car accidents. According to the American Automobile Association, more than 46 million
Americans are predicted to travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving.
Between the stress of the holidays, greatly increased traffic, sleep-deprived
motorists, and drunk drivers, Thanksgiving can be one of the most dangerous
times to travel. Before you hit the road this holiday season, read the
four driving tips listed below to help keep you and your family safe.
Don’t lose your temper: The holidays can be hectic and it can seem as though you are always in
danger of falling behind schedule. Between holiday stresses, long road-trips,
and frustrating traffic, remaining calm can be understandably difficult.
However, any anger you feel towards other motorists or conditions on the
road can greatly impair your ability to drive safely. When possible, give
yourself some extra travel time and if setbacks do occur, remember that
getting to your destination safely is your first priority.
Avoid distractions: Along with driver fatigue and alcohol, distracted driving is one of the
leading causes of car accidents. With the time constraints of the holidays,
it might be tempting to save time by getting ready or by having a meal
while on your way to see relatives, but it is critical to give your full
attention to the road. Studies have shown that even carrying on a conversation
over a hands-free Bluetooth system can be dangerous.
Select a designated driver: Having a few drinks over dinner or while watching the game can be a celebrated
tradition, but it can be dangerous if you do not take the proper precautions.
Despite the known dangers of intoxicated driving, it is still a major
issue and if you plan on drinking this Thanksgiving, consider designating
a driver for the end of the night. Additionally, not all drivers will
follow the law and you should steer clear of motorists who exhibit erratic
or dangerous driving behavior.
Get some rest: Being well-rested is one of the best ways to prepare for a drive, long
or short. While many drivers may not give it a second thought, the reality
is that fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as buzzed or drunk driving.
If you didn’t get a good night sleep, take a nap before leaving.
If you are already on the road when you realize that you are too tired
to drive, switch drivers or pull over and get some rest before resuming
At Hutton & Hutton Law Firm, LLC, we know how dangerous road conditions
can be and we want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season. However,
if tragedy strikes and an accident occurs over this thanksgiving holiday,
we invite you to give us a call and talk to our team about what happened. Our
Wichita personal injury attorneys have more than 75 years of collective experience protecting the injured
and can help you to take legal action.
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