The holidays are quickly approaching, and you are beginning to make plans for spending time with friends and family. Some of that time may only be spent if you take a road trip, no matter how short the distance. You may be considering cancelling your plans, believing that the Christmas holiday is particularly dangerous when it comes to impaired driving.
The good news is that, when it comes to holiday driving, Christmas is one of the safest. That said, it doesn’t mean that everyone on the road with you will be sober. While you can’t control the manner in which others drive, you can control the way you drive and your reactions to those around you. Here are some tips for avoiding drunk drivers during the holiday season and any other day of the year.
You may not have considered it, but buckling your seatbelt is actually the best thing you can do when defending yourself against drunk drivers. A seatbelt certainly won’t take an impaired driver off the road or even reduce your chance of being involved in an accident, but it will greatly impact your chances of surviving an accident.
Studies have shown that wearing a seatbelt reduces your chance of being fatally injured in a car wreck. Buckle your belt every single time you get behind the wheel and insist that any passenger in your vehicle does the same.
You’re stuck in holiday traffic and the cars in front of you are barely creeping along. You can’t see the back tires of the car in front of you, much less its bumper. If this is true, you are too close.
When you are riding the bumper of the car in front of you, you have less time to react should that driver make a move that’s unsafe. You are also giving yourself less time to determine if that driver is behaving erratically. Back up and give yourself a car length or more of space between the vehicles. This will allow you to make better decisions if you notice the driver is behaving in ways that are anything but safe.
Well, don’t exactly watch the lights, but pay closer attention than you perhaps normally would when you get to an intersection. Studies have shown that impaired driving accidents occur most often at intersections when the impaired driver doesn’t stop or turns suddenly.
Even if you have the green light and are sure it’s not going to turn yellow, you should slow down and look both ways. If you notice a car coming at you from the right or left and don’t believe it is going to stop, your best option is to slow down and let the car pass.
It can be difficult to avoid late night driving when you have somewhere to go. If you can, however, avoid driving in the wee hours of the morning when the bars close. This is true of any time of year.
If you have somewhere to be or something to do, plan your time accordingly. If you can drive in the afternoon or even the morning instead of late at night, you will be better off. Again, we know that late-night driving can’t always be avoided, but do your best.
We’ve said that Christmas is one of the safest holidays when it comes to driving and its true. That doesn’t mean that the holiday isn’t without its risks. Statistics say that most accidents that occur on Christmas fall between the afternoon of Christmas Eve and the evening of Christmas day. It stands to reason that this is because it is when the most people are on the road.
If you will be visiting friends or family on the holiday, consider driving outside of these times. Perhaps you can make plans for Christmas Eve night or Christmas day morning instead.
No one wants to spend the holidays recovering from injuries sustained in an accident. While you don’t have the power to control anyone’s actions but your own, you do have the power of avoidance. Use the tips above to stay away from impaired drivers and to keep you and your family as safe as possible as you travel during this season.
If you do happen to be involved in an injury accident in Fort Lauderdale this holiday season or at any other time of year, you have rights. Reach out to our team of personal injury attorneys to discover exactly what those rights are. We will review the details of your accident at a no-cost consultation and help you make the best decisions moving forward. Call our office today to schedule your appointment or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.