Are you planning on traveling over the holidays? It’s projected that roughly 130 million people in the United States will do some traveling this holiday season, so you’re definitely not alone.
That being said, it’s important to remember that holiday travel comes with its own set of challenges, particularly if you’re going to be out there on the roads. Here’s why you need to exercise a little additional caution:
1. The traffic is going to be heavy.
With so many people hitting the roads so they can visit their relatives, catch up with friends or take holiday vacations, there’s going to be a lot of traffic out there. Every time the volume of cars on the road increases so does the likelihood of accidents.
2. There are more distractions.
From holiday lights and decorations to the never-ceasing intonations from the GPS device in the car as you try to find your destination and kids arguing in the backseat, there are tons of distractions vying for drivers’ attention – more so than normal. Distracted driving is one of the major causes of car crashes.
3. Drivers are fatigued and frustrated.
The holidays aren’t always a ton of fun for everybody. There are plenty of drivers out there who are exhausted from trying to meet all the demands of the season, and fatigued driving is dangerous. Other drivers may be frustrated with traffic, crowds and all the obligations they feel, and that can lead to equally dangerous aggressive driving.
If you end up in a wreck through no fault of your own this holiday season, you have the right to expect fair compensation for your losses.