Every year, people travel all over the United States to visit friends and relatives. The holidays can be an exciting time since you’re seeing people you might not for the rest of the year, but they can also be hazardous. Between an increased number of drunk drivers and tourists in the area, holiday travel can become frustrating and dangerous.
To stay safer during the holidays, it’s important that you do think about how you can get from point A to point B as safely as possible. This might include booking a flight rather than driving a longer trip or making sure to book regular stops along a multi-day drive.
The priority on any day is your health and safety. Here are some ideas on staying safer during this holiday season.
- For long trips, plan for delays
One of the things you can do to make your holiday travel plans easier is to plan for delays. If you have to make a long drive, opt to schedule in breaks rather than waiting to see if you will need them. For example, on a 12-hour drive, you should have several 15- or 30-minute breaks that give you time to stop and eat, stretch and rest. This will help you stay focused better when you are behind the wheel, and you won’t feel rushed.
- Avoid driving on dangerous days
There are a few days during the holiday season that are more likely to have heavy traffic and drunk drivers. Black Friday is more likely to have heavy shopping traffic, for example, while New Year’s Eve has been known to have among the highest percentages of alcohol-related deaths annually. If you can avoid traveling on the holidays themselves, you may be able to avoid a collision more easily.
- Plan your route appropriately
Finally, plan your route. If you’re coming into an area you don’t know well, get advice or set up your GPS in advance. If you’re a local, consider alternate routes that tourists are unlikely to use, so you can avoid crashes related to driving errors.
These are three ideas to help you stay safer as you drive this holiday season. Following these easy tips can reduce the likelihood that you’ll be involved in a crash.