Safety on the road is a major concern during holiday travel. With an increase in traffic, poor weather and drunk drivers, holiday driving can be deadly. According to estimates from AAA, over 27,000 may suffer car accident injuries during the end-of-year season.
Here are injury and fatality statistics and estimates for holiday auto crashes.
The National Safety Council says there were 436 fatalities and 46,600 injuries due to Thanksgiving car accidents in 2013. It is a consistent phenomenon for hundreds of people to die every year between Wednesday through Sunday. In order to stay safe, consider driving outside of the peak travel days so you will encounter fewer vehicles on the road. For example, leave on Tuesday instead of Wednesday, if possible.
In 2013, there were approximately 11,200 serious injuries and 105 deaths because of traffic accidents from Christmas Eve through Christmas Day. Try to drive on the day before Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas to avoid the uptick in traffic.
New Year's Day
According to 2013 estimates, there were 156 traffic deaths during the New Year travel period. Make sure you watch out for intoxicated drivers on the road if you are driving near or on January 1. Many of the deadly wrecks during this time of year are alcohol-related.
Tips for a safe holiday season
Due to the harsh reality that holiday travel can be hazardous, it is vital to take some steps to drive more safely. Here are some ways you can be safer:
- Keep yourself alert and awake during your travels
- Give yourself extra time to arrive at your destination
- Avoid consuming alcohol
- Keep an emergency kit in your vehicle
By recognizing the risks of holiday driving and taking extra precautions, you can lower your chances of getting into a collision.