The holidays are here, and both children and adults are looking forward to celebrating this joyous time of year. While going to gatherings, parties, and celebrating the impending New Year, it is crucial for everyone to remember to stay safe. If you plan on partying and having some drinks, it is important to have someone sober do the driving or to use a ridesharing service. Given the increase in traveling during this time of year, it is all the more important that you do your part to keep yourself and others safe.
Below is a list of some safety tips that can help you avoid a motor vehicle accident or an accident involving a pedestrian during the holiday season:
- Obey the rules of the road: This should be obvious, but sometimes drivers get a little lax about the rules and drive recklessly, ignoring traffic signals, stop signs, and posted speed limits. It goes without saying that everyone should always obey the rules of the road, but the stakes are also much higher during the holidays when there are more drivers and pedestrians on the road. Make sure you drive a bit slower than usual to allow yourself extra time to react to the unexpected.
- Avoid distractions: Whether you are a pedestrian or a driver, avoiding distractions can be a major lifesaver. If you are behind the wheel, avoid using any kind of electronic device, including a GPS. Anything that requires you to take your eyes off the road or divide your attention puts you and others at risk, so make sure you always remain focused on the road. If you are a pedestrian, keep your head up and avoid earing earbuds, so you can hear car horns or sirens.
- Drive sober: Drunk driving continues to be one of the biggest causes of deaths on roadways across the country. This does not mean you need to hold off on drinking, but if you do plan on consuming alcohol, plan for a safe way to get home, whether that be a designated sober driver, ridesharing, or walking home if you are close enough and the area is safe. Driving home drunk should never be an option.
- Look out for your friends: Even if you do everything right during the holidays, you should help your friends by making sure they do not do something that could harm themselves or others. For example, if you are hosting a Christmas party, try to serve plenty of food and offer non-alcoholic beverages as an option. If anyone ends up having too much to drink, either offer them the option of staying the night, or help them find another way home.
- Be extra cautious around children: Children are most at risk for pedestrian accidents, so parents must be vigilant and ensure they are aware of all traffic safety rules. If your children want to go for a stroll around the neighborhood to look at the holiday decorations, it is important for you or a trusted adult to accompany them.
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