Staying Safe on the Roads this Holiday

TIS THE SEASON FOR TRAFFIC

The holidays are here and with that comes the chaos of the season. You have gifts to purchase, houses to decorate, and parties to attend. With everything that comes your way during this time of year, the last thing you want to worry about is how traffic and holiday travel will affect your driving trips. Here are a few tips from Aceable on things to watch out for while you drive around during the holidays.

MORE PEOPLE MEANS MORE ROAD CONGESTION

AAA projected that more than 46.3 million Americans would journey 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving.  What does this mean for the December holidays? With gas prices on a steady decline, motorists will have more reason to be on the road. Whether you are commuting to work or shopping for the holidays, be prepared for crowded roads and give yourself a little extra time.

DICEY WEATHER

Like any other season, winter has its good days and its bad days.  Sometimes, it takes a turn for the unpredictable.  Statewide, there were over 400,000 crashes last year due to weather-related conditions. If you are on the road in not-so-nice weather, just remember to slow down and leave space between your car and those around you. Driving defensively rather than aggressively will help keep you and everyone else around you in one piece during the holidays.

POLICE ARE ON PATROL

There is always a high police presence during the holidays as they work to keep us safe. As the police monitor the roads, make sure to do your part by watching your speed and being alert when driving, especially at night. The last thing you want for the holidays is a ticket. That’s probably not on any of our wish lists!

DRINKING AND DRIVING DO NOT MIX

Holiday parties are a staple of the season and they usually involve alcoholic beverages. Last year, the Texas Department of Transportation reported 74 fatal DUI crashes in December alone. This is our reminder to you that alcohol and asphalt don’t mix. Drunk driving costs the average insurance customer an additional $800 on their yearly insurance premium and up to $10,000 by the time they complete the court process.  Before you go out, decide how you are getting home.  Is it worth it to drive yourself home? Whether you have a designated driver or take a cab, plan ahead so you can have a fun and safe holiday.

Between heavy traffic and crazy weather, be sure to take preventative measures and remain alert and aware of your surroundings while driving. From all of us at Aceable, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season!