With Christmas only a week away, thousands of individuals and families throughout Texas are preparing to travel to various destinations to spend the holiday in the company of loved ones and friends. In the interest of helping you and your family reach your destination safely, we at Stern Law Group have compiled a list of four driving hazards that account for many accidents during the holidays so that you can know what to avoid.
Driving this holiday? Be aware of these common holiday driving hazards:
- Fatigued driving. Driving while sleepy is incredibly dangerous. More than 100,000 accidents a year are caused by drivers who are not alert or who fall asleep behind the wheel. The night before your trip, make sure you get at least 8 hours of sleep or more to reduce your chances of being involved in an accident by half. If you feel yourself becoming sleepy while you are driving, pull over as soon as possible and rest before you continue driving.
- Distracted driving. Distracted driving is a year-round hazard, but it is especially important to remember around the holidays when there is more traffic on the road than usual. Refrain from distracting activities like eating, using your smart phone, grooming, or reading maps while you are driving. By minimizing distractions, there will be less chance that your attention will wander dangerously away from the road.
- Impaired driving. Alcohol-related accidents skyrocket around the holidays due to celebrations that involve the consumption of alcohol. If your holiday plans involve eggnog, champagne, or other festive drinks, make sure you don’t drive!
- Pressured driving. Many people place pressure on themselves to reach their destination as soon as possible, and with so much traffic on the roads, it can be difficult not to give in to frustration and impatience. However, it is not worth compromising your safety, your family’s safety, or the safety of others on the road by driving aggressively or speeding. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be ruined by a car accident, so remember to play it safe and realize that it is better to arrive at your destination late than not at all.
Have a safe and merry Christmas, Texas!
Have you or a loved one suffered an injury in a holiday car accident? Request a free consultation today with Stern Law Group: (877) 661-9900.