Whether you are visiting family or just taking a trip, the holidays can be a dangerous time for drivers.
Knowing the common sources of accidents can help you make good decisions while on the road.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, driving while sleepy is a serious threat for people who travel late at night. When coming back from a party, you may feel tempted to skip sleeping and get on the road to make it home quicker.
However, people who do this may struggle to stay focused, which can be deadly. With an increased amount of traffic and drinking around the holidays, other people may choose to drive dangerously. Cell phones can also lead to an increase in crashes since you need to take your eyes off the road in order to text.
Driving over the speed limit, as well as abruptly switching lanes or turning without signaling, is dangerous for you and for others. This is especially true when you are dealing with traffic on New Year’s or any other holiday.
Whether you are late to a party or you need to find a new route, motorists should take care to not break the speed limit.
Cold weather conditions
In many places, cooler temperatures during the holidays lead to an increase in icy roads and snowfalls. Without the proper safety precautions, you may find yourself sliding on the road and at risk for a car accident.
Staying calm and collected, as well as paying careful attention to other drivers around you, can help you avoid collisions over New Year’s or the holidays.