By Max Dorfman, Research Writer, Triple-I
As the holiday continues to increase, it’s crucial to keep in mind that this time of year is especially dangerous for driving. That’s why December has actually been formally designated Drugged and Drunk Driving Prevention month.
During the Christmas holidays, alcohol-impaired casualties in 2018 consisted of 37 percent of total traffic casualties, compared to 29 percent total for all times of the year. In overall, there are more than 750 casualties in December due to driving under the influence, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
According to National Safety Council, the average variety of traffic deaths throughout New Year’s Day over the last five holidays is practically 68 percent greater than the average number of traffic deaths throughout nonholiday durations, with 175 deaths compared to the normal 104 deaths.
Drunk driving is not the only reason people enter unsafe accidents during the vacations. Extreme weather condition can also contribute to risks during the blustery winter season, consisting of snow, black ice, high winds and hail. Fatigued and stressed out driving is also a concern during the holidays, with people potentially taking a trip even more than they normally do. And in 2020, anxiety associated to the coronavirus pandemic may make these stress-related concerns worse.
With this in mind, it’s crucial to remember some pointers to stay safe while driving during the holiday season, including:
- Drive defensively by taking preventative measures while driving, paying very close attention to the cars around you. Even if you’re not drinking or driving recklessly, others might be.
- Do not drive if you are drinking, making sure you have safe, sober transport, regardless of how far you’re traveling.
- Prepare for inclement weather by examining weather forecasts and altering your plans if essential.
Remember: the holidays can be a hectic and difficult time for people, however that’s no factor to let your guard down while driving.
For more safe driving tips check out this Triple-I video.