Posted On December 12, 2016 In Local Car Accidents
November and December are some of the busiest months on highways and interstates throughout the country. The vast majority of people are travelling to visit with family and friends during the holidays. Due to more cars being on the road and adverse weather conditions, there are more opportunities for car accidents to occur. Safety should be a major concern for all motorists this time of year. The following travel safety tips may reduce your chances of being involved in an auto accident during the holidays.
Lack of sleep is one of the greatest dangers for motorists taking long road trips. Drowsiness can significantly raise your chances of being involved in an accident.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety released a report earlier this month linking drunk and drowsy driving. According to the study, motorists driving on four to five hours of sleep show impairment similar to a blood alcohol content of .08, the legal limit. AAA also claims that missing one or two hours of sleep per night can quadruple the risk of being involved in an accident. People with less than four hours of sleep are 12 times more likely to crash.
The National Sleep Foundation recommends getting seven to nine hours of sleep before setting out on a trip, and avoiding sleep medications or alcohol the night before departing. If you notice symptoms of drowsiness, such as heavy eyelids, yawning or difficulty focusing, pull over and rest or let someone else drive.
Your vehicle cannot protect you if certain parts are not in working condition. Before setting out on a trip, it is wise to receive a tune-up. A qualified mechanic can check your brakes and pads, head and tail lights, car battery, tires and fluids.
If you have young children, the week before a road trip is a good time to check the effectiveness of booster seats. An estimated eight in ten parents do not know if their booster seats are installed correctly. Some police and fire departments can perform checks. Local Texas Department of Transportation offices may also help parents with car seat issues.
Long-distance driving requires extra attentiveness to road etiquette and safety. Use extra caution while traveling through work zones. Pay careful attention to speed limits during your travels. Always avoid distractions, such as mobile phones, eating or applying makeup.
There are also driving etiquette rules that can improve your safety. Never tailgate other drivers, and do not drive in the left-hand passing lane.
National Safety Council statistics show more than 700 people die in car accidents every year between Christmas and New Year’s. The best way to avoid an accident is to take preventative action and plan ahead.
The Texas personal injury attorneys at Mike Love & Associates, LLC, wish everyone a happy holiday season. Please stay safe!
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