We’re nearing the end of the 2022 year, and with the end of the year also comes the busy holiday season. As you prepare for the holidays, it’s important to take into account that car accidents tend to increase during this time of the year. Why do car accidents spike during the holidays? In this article we’ll answer that question and will also give some tips to help keep you and your loved ones stay safe during this holiday season.
Why Are There More Car Accidents at the End of the Year?
There are many reasons why you may see a spike in car accidents during the holiday season. One of the most apparent causes of reckless driving is simply distraction. Whether people are driving to see family or thinking of their “to-do” list before the holidays, distraction is the leading cause of reckless driving. It’s essential to understand that it is our responsibility as drivers to be aware and minimize the risk of an accident.
1. Driving While Being Drunk/ Intoxicated
You’ve heard it plenty of times before, don’t drink and drive. Does this mean you can’t enjoy a glass of wine at your family’s get-together? Drunk driving increases naturally during vacation and the holiday season. People are going out and enjoying time with their family and friends, which means enjoying a beer or a glass of wine and looking back at old memories and funny moments.
However, many people think that just because they have one to two drinks they can drive perfectly. That is not the case. Driving with alcohol in your system or even just a light buzz can still impair your vision, make you sleepy, or impair your reaction time, all of which most definitely can lead to a car accident. While enjoying a glass is not forbidden, we urge you to be responsible and honest with yourself before driving. If you’re debating whether you should drive or not after drinking, the answer is no you shouldn’t drive.
2. Driving While Stressed
Stress can impact an individual in more ways than they realize, and the holiday season can very often bring increased stress. Drivers who are stressed often get less sleep than others and feel mentally exhausted. Exhaustion can have the same impact on drivers as alcohol does. Vision can be impaired, the driver can fall asleep on the road, they can get distracted more easily, and tend to be more impatient. It’s important to acknowledge when you are stressed and to take precautions. If necessary, ask another person to drive if you feel exhausted.
3. Driving In Bad Weather Conditions
If you live in an area prone to snowy and icy roads, you should take the necessary precautions before driving:
- Avoid driving during dangerous weather as much as possible.
- Make sure your vehicle is prepared to handle snow and ice, especially your tires.
- Keep the speed limit and only go as fast as is safe.
- Never drive aggressively and always avoid rushing.
We hope this information about why car accidents spike during the holidays and safety tips will be helpful to you in the coming weeks. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident this holiday season, please contact our Nashville-based office at 615-244-2111 for a free and confidential consultation. We will be happy to review your case at no cost to you.
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