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According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Christmas is one of the highest ranked on the list of Most Dangerous Holidays. The month of December is one of the busiest months on American roadways, since many travelers opt to drive to their holiday destination instead of flying. AOL posted this article about what to plan for when driving during the late December holiday season:
Drinking and driving Drunk driving contributes largely to car accidents during the holiday season, as many people drink in celebration. If you will be drinking at all, make sure you have a sober driver.
Falling asleep at the wheel Many drivers can become extremely fatigued after a long day of eating and celebrating with their loved ones. The National Sleep Foundation's Report on Drowsy Driving showed that 100,000 crashes, 71,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths were linked to falling asleep at the wheel.
Frustrating driving Late December usually means a long holiday weekend. To maximize their holiday time, most drivers will make a "mad dash" out of town, which repeats when coming back to town at the end of the weekend. The crowded roadways will increase congestion, which usually leads to frustration among most drivers. Frustrated drivers are more likely to practice risky and aggresive driving habits, causing a more dangerous commute.
The best things to remember during your holiday commute are: buckle up, keep your cool, use a designated driver, stay alert and don't speed.