Every day, drivers face many risks on the roadway, from distracted drivers to dangerous road conditions.
But there are certain driving hazards that every motorist should be aware of that are especially problematic in December:
Less daylight: Driving after dark is more dangerous than driving in the daylight. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, fatal car accidents are three times more likely to occur at night. Even if you are not bothered by driving at night, remember that other drivers may have compromised night vision.
Holiday traffic: There are simply more cars on the roads during the holiday season. People are going shopping, attending parties, and visiting friends and family. And more traffic congestion means more accidents.
Drunk drivers: According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in four fatal car accidents that occur during the holiday season (December 1st through January 1st) involve alcohol. If you are planning on consuming alcohol away from home over the holidays, make sure you plan for a sober ride home, whether that means having a designated river, calling a cab or using Uber.
What can you do to stay safe?
Safe driving is important every day of the year. But considering these driving hazards, it’s advisable to pay extra attention to safe driving over the holiday season.
What can you do? Avoid distracted driving, drinking and driving, and excessive speeding. Practice defensive driving. Be courteous to other drivers and pay attention behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, not all accidents can be avoided. Accident victims may have legal rights and options. It is advisable to speak to a personal injury attorney about your legal options if you have been injured by a negligent driver.