The holiday season is a time of merrymaking around the world. It’s also a time when many people are overwhelmed with the hustle and bustle. And there is a tendency to get careless in some way or another. This holiday season, and all year long, we request you to keep your safety in prime focus when you’re on the road.
With the celebration spirit at high levels, some people get carried away. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), deaths from drinking and driving increase around the holidays. Alcohol is blamed for almost 57 percent of fatal collisions on New Year’s compared to a rate of 41 percent for the entire year. New Year’s Eve runs at second place to Thanksgiving as the holiday that statistically has the largest number of drunk driving fatalities. Here are common facts to help you be safer on the roads:
FACT: In general, you are more likely to be in a drinking and driving accident during the holidays. Therefore, if possible, avoid the roads during major holidays such as Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve. If not possible to stay home, think ahead and appoint a designated driver at the beginning of the evening, otherwise, call a cab. Cab fare is much more cost-effective than a DWI.
FACT: Teenage drivers are at higher risk when it comes to a drinking and driving accident. If you have teenage drivers, ensure that they observe safe driving practices at all times.
FACT: Wreckless driving is not limited to alcohol use. Use of mobile phones on the road also contributes to serious accidents. As more people multi-task on their mobile phones, many accidents are caused while driving. Without doubt, statistics show that cell phones distract drivers. In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in the U.S. because of accidents that involved distracted driving. Another 448,000 were injured! Therefore, it is important to refrain from using your mobile phone on the road at all times.
Unfortunately, many accidents happen even with those who follow the rules and act safely. Be sure to buy adequate auto insurance coverage that protects you from loss and liability at all times. We wish you a happy new year that is free of accidents and injuries.
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