Halloween, Thanksgiving, Or Christmas: Which Holiday is the Worst for Drivers?
Traveling around the holidays is stressful on its own because of the vast increase of vehicles that are on the roads. But the task is even riskier than usual because of the uptick in drunk drivers that plague the streets.
More parties tend to be thrown around holiday seasons since families are usually together, and most people have time off from work. The best advice when it comes to driving under the influence is simple: never get behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking.
What are the Consequences?
Driving while impaired is a crime, and one that can cost you dearly. Having your license suspended or revoked by authorities can limit your job and social opportunities. You may even face jail time or a DUI conviction that can carry steep fines, penalties, and possible license revocation. If you are caught driving under the influence, you also face the possibility of jail time and a felony charge.
With the three holidays at the end of the year approaching quickly, how does each holiday impact the roads you will be traveling on?
The precautions drivers need to be taking on this holiday are more centered around being aware of the pedestrians on the streets. Drivers should be especially vigilant when traveling around trick-or-treaters, as several pedestrian fatalities have been reported in recent years. According to the NHTSA, in 2017, the most recent year with available data, 14 children were killed in Halloween pedestrian crashes, the highest number in five years. This was an increase over the eight pedestrian deaths on Halloween in 2016.
To minimize the danger to trick-or-treaters, drivers should:
- Be alert in residential areas.
- Use extreme caution on roadways with high pedestrian traffic.
- Avoid distracted driving.
- Drive sober.
- Ensure all children are wearing a properly secured, properly fit, child-proof helmet for their Halloween costumes.
- Kids under 12 should be accompanied by a parent or a responsible, registered teen, preferably accompanied by a friend as well.
For those of us lucky enough to live near the largest concentrations of our families and friends, that’s great. But for the many Americans who must take a cross-country road trip, the traffic is no small matter.
Americans rely on their vehicles for this holiday more than any other. AAA predicts 55 million people will travel over 50 miles on Thanksgiving this year
Some tips to stay sane during your traveling on this day include:
- Check travel apps. These apps indicate where traffic backups are occurring, so you are not caught off guard by delays.
- Find alternative routes ahead of time. If traffic reaches a point where you could be stranded for hours on end, it is a wise move to look into additional ways to reach your destination before you pack up and leave.
- Give yourself extra travel time. It is almost a guarantee that your travel time is going to be longer than it normally would. Budget this in your departure time to reduce the risk of frustration when you’re behind the wheel.
As Christmas approaches, AAA is expecting a record number of drivers to hit the roads in an effort to travel home for the holidays, and that an increase in holiday travel over last year will contribute to record-breaking gas prices. With many consumers planning to make last-minute trips to see loved ones, AAA urges drivers to make safety a priority and plan ahead to avoid traffic. According to AAA, a record-breaking 112.5 million Americans are expected to travel 50 miles or more for the holiday season, marking the highest volume of travelers since 2005.
Some good tips for dealing with Christmas traffic are:
• Choose your traveling hours carefully, avoid peak times
• Allow plenty of time to get through traffic
• Leave early to avoid being late.
• Eat a good breakfast before your departure
• Build in rest stops
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