Traveling Over The Holidays? Follow These Tips To Reach Your Destination Safely
While COVID-19 may be putting a damper on holiday plans, there are still plenty of people who intend to travel. Whether it involves going across town, across the state, or to other points throughout the country, it is important to be aware of the risks. In addition to taking pandemic-related precautions, you need to be aware of the danger in terms of car accidents. The following details how to reduce the likelihood of a crash this holiday season, as well as what to do if one does occur.
Holidays Present Significant Risks On The Road
While public safety officials are encouraging staying home for the holidays due to ongoing concerns over COVID-19, if Thanksgiving is any indication there are still likely to be plenty of traveling throughout the month of December. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), roughly 50 million people headed off to visit family and friends during Thanksgiving week, which is close to 10 percent less than in previous years. However, traffic officials are forecasting even more travelers from mid-December throughout the New Year.
While the extensive ventilation systems in airplanes can help to reduce COVID risks, epidemiologists warn about the dangers of passing through crowded airports. Traveling by car is likely to be safer, particularly if you keep stops to a minimum. However, it is important to be aware of car accident injury risks. Holidays are among the most dangerous times on the road. When crashes and collisions happen, it is often due to the reckless driving behaviors of other motorists involved. This includes:
- Aggressive driving behaviors, such as tailgating and failure to yield;
- Distracted driving, such as using cell phones, texting, and changing GPS settings;
- Driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications;
- Speeding and going too fast for road, traffic, and weather conditions.
Holiday Travel Tips
To protect yourself on the road over the holidays, regardless of the distance you travel, the National Safety Council (NSC) recommends following a few simple tips:
- Get your car thoroughly checked by a mechanic before your trip;
- Let daily or friends know your itinerary;
- Check weather reports prior to heading out, both locally and for your destination
- Make sure you and your passengers wear seatbelts at all times;
- Drive defensively and steer clear of motorists engaging in potentially dangerous behavior.
To protect your rights in a claim if a car accident does occur, notify the police immediately. Get the contact information for all drivers involved and exchange insurance and vehicle registration numbers. Make note of details regarding exactly when and where it happened, as well as any witnesses at the scene. Seek medical care for potential injuries as soon as possible, regardless of the severity of your symptoms.
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