Those of us who celebrate the holidays in America have probably already enjoyed a delicious turkey on Thanksgiving Day. We may also start getting ready to celebrate the New Year and we may need to travel to visit our family and friends. Did you know that the risk of accidents during the holidays is higher? The holiday season is one of the busiest in the country.
For the first time in history, the number of people who will travel during the holidays (from Friday, December 17, 2021, to Sunday, January 2, 2022) will exceed 110 million.
The risk of fatal accidents on Texas highways increases every end of the year.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in Texas, 3,893 people were killed in automobile crashes during 2020, up from 3,623 deaths in 2019. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, that increase occurred even though traffic volumes were about 50% below normal for several months of the year. About 788 people were injured or killed during the holiday season last year.
The risk of alcohol-related accidents increases during the holidays
Research from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), shows the percentages of deaths from alcohol-related car accidents that occur on the road during holiday weekends:
-New Year 58%
-Total holiday season 40%
-Rest of the year 31%
Also, data from The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that more than 80% of those who travel during the holidays will do so by car. Although this time of year is to enjoy and celebrate with loved ones, it is one of the most dangerous times of the year to drive. This is due to the alarming increase in alcohol consumption and binge drinking.
Alcohol consumption, speeding, and violation of traffic regulations are, among others, the main causes that December becomes the most fatal and dangerous month to drive both in urban areas and on Texas roads.
A survey by Harris Interactive reveals trends in people’s alcohol use during the holidays:
-96% of those interviewed said they went to work with a hangover after a celebration.
-60% said they think alcohol makes parties more fun.
-57% said they have seen someone driving under the influence of alcohol.
-40% said that their family and friends use the holidays as an excuse to drink.
Here are some helpful tips for you and your family if you are planning to drink and drive during the holidays:
1. Plan on how you will get home in advance! Don’t wait until you start drinking to find your way home.
2. Have transportation services data at hand – It never hurts to have contact information for local taxi companies or car services on your phone. Remember that there are mobile apps to request car services like Uber or Lyft. Many companies even offer special rates during the holidays.
3. Use a designated driver – Find someone you know who will not drink alcohol. If you can’t find anyone, use one of the options above. Don’t drink if you are going to drive, be responsible, and do not consume alcohol or other substances that may impair your driving.
4. Never drive tired – Staying awake for long hours and having alcohol in your blood on top of it, affects driving concentration. In Texas, the level of alcohol allowed in the blood is 0.08%. However, keep in mind that driving under the influence of alcohol is harmful to you, your passengers, and other drivers,
What else to do to avoid the risk of accidents during the holidays
More cars are on the roads during this time of the year, which means more car accidents. For this reason, we must be aware of the risk of accidents during the holidays, here are other factors that are important to consider during the holidays:
1. Know and respect traffic regulations.
2. Don’t overspeed.
3. Wear a seat belt – You should always wear your seat belt to reduce the risk of fatal injuries during an accident. It takes little effort to buckle up and make sure those who travel with you do it too. The seat belt saves lives.
4. Do not use mobile devices while driving.
5. If you travel with minors, use car seats and special accessories.
6. Check the mechanical conditions of your vehicle – A car ready to hit the road doesn’t just need fuel. Make sure your car’s capabilities are adequate. Check the air in the tires (or tires), oil levels, brakes, etc. Don’t forget to bring a spare tire to avoid simple problems to fix. If you know that your car is defective, find another mode of transportation. And if you have more than one car, compare which is the most suitable for making the trip.
7. Know and respect road signs, pedestrian areas, and bike paths.
Also, finding reckless drivers on the road is more likely at this time of year, so be cautious and stay alert.
Make sure you and your loved ones celebrate by being safe while driving.
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