Stay Safe While Traveling this Holiday Season
With gas prices on the decline, travelers are flocking to the pumps and packing their bags for road trips this year. According to TravelersToday.Com, an estimated 49 million Americans were expected to travel during Thanksgiving alone. This number is the highest it has been in nine years and up from 48 million last year. With approximately an extra million people on the road from 2015, risk for accident increases as well. USAToday reports that Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day are among the most dangerous holidays, based on averages of reports measuring traffic accidents and fatalities. Protect yourself and your loved ones this year by following these tips.
Don’t Drink and Drive
It seems simple, but year after year hundreds of accidents are caused during the holidays as a result of drunk (and buzzed) driving. Play it safe by appointing a designated driver beforehand, so temptation to drink and drive is eliminated. If no one is wiling to take on that role, plan to call a cab, use a safe ride service such as Uber or Lyft, or stay the night.
Focus on the Road, not on your Phone
Distracted driving can be just as dangerous as drunk driving. Put your cell phone and other devices away and focus on the road. Often times during the holidays, traffic is increased and speeds are decreased on highways, therefore being alert is imperative to a safe trip.
Prior to leaving for a trip, near or far, checking your vehicle to make sure everything is in working order can be essential to safe travels. If something goes unrepaired, it could cause problems on the road, which could injure you or your passengers. Whether it is a flat tire or your car breaks down, that adds risk for danger, so it is better to address any issues beforehand or make other arrangements if necessary.
Our lawyers at Schulz Stephenson Law have more than 30 years of experience dealing with personal injury lawsuits. Reports from Forbes indicate that up to 50% more people might be on the roads during the holiday season, and while we hope everyone is safe – accidents can occur and we are here to help. If you find yourself in an accident, please contact us or visit www.carteretlaw.com.