We hope all of our readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving holiday! As we head deeper into the holiday season, we thought we would revisit some statistics regarding last year's holiday season as a small reminder to continue practicing safe driving behaviors.
In 2016, 20 people died on Georgia roads during the Thanksgiving holiday. More than half of them were not wearing seat belts. That number increased 43 percent from the previous year.
One of the common causes of holiday car accidents in Georgia is distracted driving. Texting and driving in particular is one of the most dangerous actions you can do on the road. This is because texting and driving fits all three major categories of distraction: visual, manual and cognitive.
Why is it that Thanksgiving, of all holidays, is one of the most dangerous times to be on the road? One part of it has to due with traffic volume. Thanksgiving is one of the most traveled days of the year and with an increased amount of cars on the road, more people are at risk of car accidents. Another reason is that people, especially college students, are returning home for the holidays. These visitors often want to visit with hometown friends, a visit that often involves alcohol. Drunk driving spikes during the Thanksgiving holiday, and it goes without saying how this can lead to more injuries and fatalities.
If you plan to travel this holiday, here are some ways to avoid danger on the road:
- Put your smartphone away while driving.
- Take breaks and alternate drivers if you are taking a long road trip.
- If you plan on drinking, designate a driver or plan for alternate transportation.
- Wear your seat belt.
- Leave early and allow yourself more time to travel.
- Don't speed.