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September 20, 2021

Dealing With Dangerous Driving During The Holidays

With a 16% rise in the number of fatalities during the holidays, drivers are advised to take extra care on the roads over Christmas and New Year. Longer journeys under pressure, risky driving, and an increase in alcohol consumption are all factors that contribute to the dangers of driving during any of the major holiday periods throughout the year. Seasonal traffic enforcement campaigns help to reduce the number of accidents, but whether you are traveling long distances to visit friends and relatives, or you just want to take your classic car out for a spin, it’s also important to stay alert to other drivers taking unnecessary risks on the road during the festive period.

Reducing The Impact Of Car Accidents

Like many other states, Texas introduces traffic enforcement campaigns over the holidays to encourage drivers to drive safely and without breaking the law. Last year, almost 170,000 citations were issued to drivers in an attempt to reduce the number of traffic incidents on the roads. Unfortunately, however carefully you drive, you may still be involved in a car accident for which you are in no way responsible. In these circumstances, an attorney can help you to identify the liable party, and ensure you receive an appropriate settlement.

Steering Clear Of Aggressive Drivers

Driving under pressure is a common problem during the often stressful holiday periods, and can lead to impatient drivers becoming aggressive, tailgating other road users, and driving too fast. Although there are likely to be fewer cars on the road this season, data gathered from this year’s quieter roads shows that, with higher levels of stress, more incidences of dangerous driving have been recorded. Although it’s easy to be distracted by aggressive drivers, it’s much safer to stay calm, keep your eyes on the road, and allow tailgaters to pass as soon as it’s safe.

Taking Drunk Drivers Off The Road

As well as being a particular problem during the holidays, almost a third of traffic fatalities over the whole year are caused by drunk driving. Across the country, an annual initiative supported by the NHTSA is being used to educate road users on the dangers of drunk driving and remove impaired drivers from the roads. As well as relying on law enforcement, drivers who remain alert and increase their following distance can deal better with unpredictable drivers and avoid unnecessary collisions.

Law enforcement campaigns acknowledge the increase in dangerous driving over the holidays. Together with the help of drivers who stay calm and focused, these campaigns can help to reduce the number of accidents on the roads.

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Dealing With Dangerous Driving During The Holidays
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Dealing With Dangerous Driving During The Holidays
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As well as being a particular problem during the holidays, almost a third of traffic fatalities over the whole year are caused by drunk driving.

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