The holiday season may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it is also a dangerous time for motor vehicle accidents. According to Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, over 9,000 crashes occur throughout Thanksgiving Weekend, with almost 400 of those resulting in serious bodily injury.
Here are some things to keep in mind so you travel safely in the heavy Thanksgiving traffic.
- Never drive under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Enjoying the holidays should not extend into your drive home. Even one drink can impair your ability to drive – the data shows that 669 crashes occurred with a driver whose blood alcohol content was above 0.0%.
- Drive fully rested. While driving through the night can help you avoid the traffic gridlock, driving tired can actually be as dangerous as driving while under the influence. Get enough sleep before heading out and pull over in a safe location if you feel drowsy.
- Obey all speed limits. As well as increasing the risk of an accident, driving above the speed limit is the leading cause of citations during the holiday weekend. Over 14,000 folks received speeding tickets during the Thanksgiving weekend of 2018 alone. Avoid paying hefty fees this holiday season and keep yourself and your family safe by keeping your speed below the state-wide limit of 70 miles per hour.
- Maintain a rule of one seat (and seat belt) per passenger. It is tempting to let family bonding happen in the car by having smaller children share a seat. In the event of an accident, this can have disastrous consequences. Even for short-distance trips, ensure that all passengers have their own seat belt and buckle up before the car is in motion.
With so many cars on the road, some accidents are likely to happen despite everyone’s best efforts. Be prepared by considering some common questions in case a negligent driver involves you in a hazardous situation.