Nobody wants to be stuck as the designated driver during the holiday season. Trying to share the road with hostile and reckless holiday drivers as they desperately hunt for one last bargain or drunkenly swerve from one Christmas party to the next can be a nightmare for a sober driver ferrying a bunch of intoxicated revelers around. In a recently published study, it was reported that millions of people plan to hit the road this holiday season all throughout the United States, and this is especially true here in Utah.
Drivers should keep in mind that when they’re out on the roads during the holidays that driving when you are in a rush, tired, or impaired only puts you and your family at risk, as well as other drivers on the road. If you are involved in a holiday accident this year, do not hesitate to contact emergency services or the police. And if you see one of the most dangerous types of holiday drivers listed below, be sure to steer clear of them at all costs. Nobody wants to ring in the New Year from an emergency room.
The ‘I-Need-to-Send-an-Almost-There-Text’ Driver
Easily one of the most dangerous holiday drivers out there is the distracted driver. According to the National Safety Council, over 2 million traffic-related injuries are caused by distracted driving incidents.
The best way to avoid being injured in a distracted driving accident is to simply put down your phone whenever you drive. Even a quick glance down at your phone can put you at risk of rearending the car in front of you. A quick, ‘I’m almost there’ text message isn’t worth the risk to your life and health, so take our advice and just lay off the texting whenever you drive.
The ‘I-am-Only-Out-Driving-On-the-Roads-Because-I’m-Trying-to-Get-Away-From-My-In-Laws’ Driver
While it may be tempting to flee your house by car to evade an uncomfortable conversation with the uncle with the infamously narrow political opinions, you should probably reconsider your escape route. The holiday season often sees upwards of three times the normal amount of traffic on the roads. So even if you manage to escape the bumper-to-bumper traffic jams, your risk of being involved in a car accident also increases exponentially.
Instead of fleeing unwanted familial encounters, maybe just stand your ground with your opinionated uncle or overbearing mother-in-law. Annoying relatives come and go, but avoiding a nasty holiday car accident really is eternal.
The ‘I-Stayed-Up-Too-Late-Buying-Gifts-On-Amazon’ Driver
Despite our best efforts, many of us don’t find the time to do our holiday shopping until the very last minute. If you find yourself up late at night loading up your Amazon shopping cart with gifts you probably should have bought days or even weeks ago, then you should do your best to remember the importance of a good night’s sleep. Besides, a lack of sleep can leave you in a foul mood and nobody likes a Grinch during the holidays.
Indeed, exhausted drivers are a real problem all year round. But this problem increases exponentially during the holidays as the increased traffic and inclement weather adds to the risk of being in an accident. Do your holiday spirit a favor and turn in early this year before hitting the road.
The ‘Alpha-of-the-Road’ Driver
Being first in line certainly has its perks when it comes to shopping on Black Friday, buying movie tickets, and eating at a buffet. But when you’re steering a 2-ton+ automobile through traffic, this may not be the wisest decision. Year after year, excessive speeding tops the list of traffic fatality causes according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Logically, speeding during the holiday season is far more dangerous since there is triple the amount of traffic on the roads. More cars means a higher risk of being in an accident. If you ever are in an accident, though, the Advocates are here to help you through the legal aftermath.
The ‘Just-One-More-Cup-of-Eggnog’ Driver
For every holiday reveler who abstains from the usual seasonal spirits, eggnog, spiced rum, and whatnot, there are two more who jump like dancers in the Nutcracker at the very sight of a punch bowl full of hot cider. While such festive drinks may seem harmless, two or three can really leave you stumbling out of an office Christmas party. And unfortunately, too many people make the mistake of thinking they are still able to drive. Drinking and driving is never a good idea.
If you plan on doing a little holiday drinking this year, be sure to follow the usual night-out-on-the-town rules. Chose your route home ahead of time. Assign a designated driver if you are able, or take an Uber if not. And maybe just say no to that third eggnog. Again, no one wants to spend the holidays strapped to a gurney.
Car Accident Lawyer in Utah
If you’ve been injured in an accident over the holidays, you will need an Advocate to help you through the legal aftermath. Our attorneys have helped countless accident victims throughout Utah for close to 25 years now. We know how to get you just compensation for your injuries and losses. Don’t wait to get back on the road to recovery. Contact our office today by either calling (801) 326-0809 or chatting directly with a live attorney from our homepage. When you hire an Advocate to represent your personal injury claim, you can rest assured that your recovery is our first priority. You deserve an Advocate!
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