It’s hard to remember that not everyone drives as safe as you do. Not everyone looks twice, yields to signs, or even let pedestrians pass walkways. Holidays are known for spreading cheer, but let’s all agree that the season is accompanied by stress. Long lines, endless receipts and crowded intersections will wear anyone’s patience thin, but during the madness remember to drive by example and keep an eye out for the most common hazards to avoid.
Driving Under Pressure
Whether internal or external, we all have them. Pressure to meet deadlines, to be punctual, to stay within budget all while accomplishing everything on our list. The stress can lead to drivers speeding, ignoring traffic lights, and essentially endangering the safety of other drivers nearby. Stay clear of vehicles aggressively changing lanes and speeding. Most importantly, avoid engaging in road rage and let them pass. Keeping your composure leaves you in control.
Driving with Exhaustion
An abundance of holiday activities, limited daylight and a reduced sleep schedule may be to blame for more accidents during the holiday season. A recent study suggests that people with less than 6-7 hours of sleep were more likely to be involved in an accident than those that slept for 8 or more hours. The most common time accidents happen due to drowsiness tend to occur during midnight to 8 a.m. Dozing off just for a second is enough time to result in a fatal accident. Although this hazard may be hard to spot, the driver will probably demonstrate actions similar to those of someone impaired.
Driving Under the Influence
Family gatherings and office parties consist of not only ugly sweaters and gift exchanges but also alcohol and drugs. Being impaired and attempting to operate a motor vehicle is bound to not only cause danger but lead to accidents, injuries, prosecution or death. Unfortunately, these circumstances do happen. With expectation that some people will partake in drinking and driving, police officers will do their part in removing these drivers off the road. If you do witness reckless driving, do your best to keep distance and report the behavior to your local law enforcements.
Driving with Distractions
There are countless ways to get distracted when driving. Some may seem harmless like searching for directions, fumbling for sunglasses or changing the radio station, but anything that takes your eyes off the road can result in an accident. In the US, more than 9 people a day are killed and more than a 1,000 are injured by distracted driving. If necessary pull over, to search the web, make a phone call, or even apply makeup. If you have to question whether or not you really need to look for something or respond to an email then it most likely can wait. Sparing a couple minutes, could spare you an accident.
Overall, December has a high increase in collision claims and these hazards are the ones to look out for to keep you, your family, and vehicle out of harm’s way. We at AmTex, are wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Keep you and your car out of harm’s way.