Safe Driving During the Holidays

 In Personal Injury

driving carThe holidays are coming up and many of us will be traveling to see friends and families.  AAA estimates that during the Christmas and New Year’s season, roughly 95 million Americans will hit the road.  Whenever there are more cars on the road, the chances for accidents increase.  Likewise, the holidays also bring stress.  A recent survey of 1,000 drivers found that more than 18% of them experienced six or more acts of aggression while driving during the holidays.  A third of these drivers say they were more likely to be provoked to aggressive driving during the holidays.  Holiday revelry also brings the increased chance of impaired drivers on the road.  Let’s keep the roads safe this holiday season with these simple tips:

  1. Before you start your trip, make sure your vehicle is tuned up and in good shape for travel.
  2. Restrain yourself and your passengers properly in seatbelts and car seats for the little ones.  If available, always put children in the rear seat.
  3. Stay fresh and alert when driving.  Take plenty of breaks, and do not push yourself.  If tired, pull off the road into a rest stop or off ramp.
  4. Always use designated drivers if you have consumed alcohol or any other substance.
  5. Do not text and drive.  Also, refrain from checking e-mails on your smartphone. Follow “Red Thumb Day.” 
  6. Keep valuables in your trunk or covered area.  This will decrease the odds of these items being stolen if left in an unattended car.

The holidays are a fun time to spend with family and friends, not a time to be spent in the hospital.  If you have been injured as the result of another’s negligence, call today for a free consultation.  The LaBovick Law Group has a dedicated team of attorneys that fight for the justice of those injured due to the carelessness of others.  

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