During nearly any national holiday, thousands of families will hit the road to travel to visit friends and family. As such, holidays can present serious dangers for drivers. In fact, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, New Year’s Eve, which is just around the corner, is one of the deadliest nights of the year. With this in mind, the following is an overview of the most dangerous holidays for drivers. It is our hope that by understanding what holidays pose road hazards, you can take steps to keep you and your family safe:
1. Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving involves significant travel for many families. The sheer number of drivers on the roadway and the increase in the number of intoxicated drivers leads to over 600 deaths, according to AAA data.
2. Memorial Day Weekend: Memorial Day weekend is often considered the kick off to summer and is associated with hundreds of fatal car accidents. Many people hit the roadways on this holiday, causing traffic and dangerous road conditions.
3. Independence Day: Many accidents on this holiday involve intoxicated drivers. Keep an eye out for drivers that are swerving or otherwise acting in an odd manner if you do drive on July 4th.
4. Labor Day Weekend: This is another long weekend that poses a threat to drivers as highways become overcrowded with travelers who are often unfamiliar with the roadways.
5. Halloween: Halloween is not just dangerous for drivers; it also poses a significant hazard to pedestrians. Young children trick or treating are common victims of pedestrian accidents, which often stem from driver distraction and/or impairment.
6. New Year’s: This is another holiday that frequently involves some degree of travel and the consumption of alcohol. In many states, the addition of icy roads can further increase the risks to drivers.
7. Christmas: Roads often become crowded in and around Christmas with last minute travelers and shoppers. Hundreds of traffic fatalities occur on Christmas day, and many more accidents in the days surrounding this holiday.
8. Cinco De Mayo: This holiday will often involve the consumption of alcohol and about half of all fatalities can be traced back to alcohol use. On this holiday and many others involving intoxicated drivers, it is best to steer clear of the roadways.
9. St. Patrick’s Day: This Irish heritage holiday similarly involves drinking, and car accidents along with pedestrian accidents are a common occurrence.
We hope this information is taken as simply a reminder of what statistics show as the most dangerous days to be on the road and to be alert and mindful of our surroundings. We wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday season.
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