The Holidays Are Here: Be Careful!

Red, green and white lights abound, Christmas music plays everywhere you go, menorahs are on display – Yes, it’s the holidays!

As you rush around to get all your holiday shopping done, keep in mind that the holidays are also a time where distracted and drowsy driving, as well as drunk driving, are ongoing risks.

In this recent article, Lena Borelli reminds us all that:
Drunk driving is responsible for its fair share of holiday fatalities each year. Office parties, holiday celebrations, and end-of-the-year events all supply plenty of opportunities for indulgence. Sometimes even the most careful driver can throw caution to the wind and get behind the wheel while impaired. Driving under the influence continues to be a problem during the holidays and carries stiff penalties, including loss of your driver’s license.
Inclement weather gets the best of us, no matter where you live. Acts of nature like snow, black ice, high winds, and hail can all make the holidays a terrifying time to be on the road. Not all drivers are adept at driving in such hazardous conditions, and even veteran drivers fall victim to the elements. Holiday accidents can cause serious damage to your vehicle and your person while significantly impacting your insurance premiums moving forward.
Fatigued and stressed driving is especially prevalent during the holidays. Many people trek across the country to visit family and friends. With varying work and school schedules, drivers feel rushed, stressed and tired. Some drivers even fall asleep behind the wheel, significantly endangering both themselves and others. New and young drivers pose a risk, as well, because they do not have the experience and the instincts yet to react to danger quickly.
As you drive this holiday season, remember to be alert and drive defensively. Remember that some people out there are tired or in a rush, or might be coming home from a holiday lunch or after-work party. If you live in a cold part of the country, remember to take care on icy roads.
And remember, it’s always best to “arrive alive”.
For more data on holiday driving risks and suggestions for safe holiday travel, click here.

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