Holiday Driving Tips
The holidays are a time for families and friends to get together and celebrate with each other. However, the holiday season can quickly turn to a time of tragedy and loss in the event of a car accident. Because of the increased amount of traffic on the road, poor weather conditions, and long holiday weekends, traffic accidents increase during the holidays.
Especially this holiday season, more people are predicted to choose to drive rather than fly in order to cut down on costs during these hard economic times. Drivers should exercise extreme caution this holiday season to keep everyone safe on the road by following some recommended safety tips.
Plan ahead. Give yourself ample time for your trip so that you will not feel rushed or the need to speed in unfavorable conditions. Check alternate routes in case of traffic or bad weather, and listen to local radio updates to help you make smart decisions.
Take frequent breaks. Never drive while overly tired or fatigued. Tired drivers can actually fall asleep behind the wheel or can mimic the driving habits of drunk drivers with lessened focus and slow reaction times. Switch drivers or pull over when you feel yourself getting tired.
Avoid driving at night. Besides the added dangers of driving in dark conditions, people who have been consuming alcohol are more likely to drive after dark. Keep yourself and your family safe by avoiding night-time driving on holidays. Spend the night at a relative’s house instead, or leave early to avoid driving late at night.
Never drink and drive. A large number of holiday car accidents are caused by drunk drivers. Drunk drivers are especially dangerous during this season because their dangers are combined with those of increased traffic and bad weather conditions. If your holiday celebrations will include alcohol, always have a designated driver or spend the night rather than try to make the drive home.
At Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, we care about the safety and well-being of all drivers. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident, our Milwaukee car accident lawyers can help evaluate your case and determine if you have grounds for legal action against the responsible party. Contact our offices today at 800-242-2874.