During holidays like Christmas and New Year, vehicle accidents significantly increase. Figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that more or less 400 people die in vehicle accidents in US during holiday seasons.
During this season, people travel to shop, visit friends and family, or go to parties and events. Also, during this period, the number of vehicle accidents increase. Because of this, drivers should take more precautions to avoid accidents and other related injuries.
Below are the some of the most common factors causing vehicle accidents and tips on how to avoid them during holiday season:
• Alcohol and other intoxicated products – it is the most often cause of vehicle accidents. Statistics show that fatal accidents over New Year’s Eve are caused by DUI driving. This factor usually contributes 40 percent to Holiday vehicle accidents.
• Negligence – this includes recklessness, carelessness, inattention and aggression. People’s hectic schedules during holidays cause motorists to forget to concentrate on the road. Heavy traffic can also compromise a motorist’s patience behind the wheel.
• Bad weather – this includes fog, rain, black ice and snow. These natural weather occurences can cloud up the road thus making it risky for the motorists on the road. When you feel like the weather is in its worst condition, it is better stay at home.
There are actually so many risks on the road during holiday season that’s why it is very important for everyone to cool down and concentrate on driving to safely arrive on your destination. It’s better to be late than never.
Don’t let your holiday season be ruined by a vehicle accident due to the above-mentioned factors which could be avoided. Let your Christmas and New Year be filled with countless joys and blessing and not with regrets.