Holidays are a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. Most of us will be traveling out of town, out of state or even out of country to join our loved ones. In fact, AAA estimates that nearly 29 million Americans will hit in the road for the end of the year holidays. However, close to 28,000 Americans will be seriously injured due to car accidents; and roughly 250 people will die from injuries sustained during an accident.
This blog post isn't some statistical scare tactic, nor is it an opportunity to cite all the wrongdoings of Americans. This is simply a reminder that driving impaired is never a good idea; especially around the holidays. Remember, driving under the influence affects everyone on the road, not just the driver. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when prepping for any holiday festivities:
1. If you're attending a party, make sure to always have a designated driver. Ensure your DD is someone who will uphold the responsibility.
2. Try to avoid driving at night, if possible. It's understandable that in some situations this task is unavoidable, but staying put for the night could be the safest option.
3. Put down your phone. Drivers are already distracted with kids, making early time and the party at the end of the tunnel. By adding phone use to the equation is creating even more of a risk.
4. Be wary of severe weather changes. In Washington, it tends to be pretty unlikely snow will fall; but, in the case that it does, drivers should be prepared with alternate routes and snow chains.
5. When in doubt, do not get behind the wheel. Even if you've only had a couple of drinks, avoid driving at all costs. As previously noted, impaired driving affects everyone on the roadway. Don't be a statistic that could end multiple lives.
All in all, we at TAC want to wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. We hope this blog was an informative reminder about the importance of driving cautiously. Be well and stay safe!