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Pre-Holiday Impaired Driving Prevention

The year is quickly coming to a close and the holiday season is finally here! Christmas can be a great time to spend laughing and enjoying family and friends, and not only on Christmas Day. The holiday season brings parties with family or friends and other celebrations to kick off the season. While long distance travel is not as high on Christmas as Thanksgiving, 34% of Americans still travel over a distance of 261 miles during the Christmas holiday season. Even if your travels aren’t a significant geographic distance, there’s still an increased risk of car accidents due to a larger amount of vehicles on the road and an increase in impaired driving.

Prevent drunk driving car wrecks from happening so you can enjoy the rest of the season by following these tips.

Headed to a holiday party?

Going with a group? Think about carpooling. This is one of the simplest ways to ensure your safety and the safety of people around you. Make sure you have a designated driver for after the party so no one is driving under the influence.

Not sure if you can carpool? Grab a driving service. With convenient driving services like Uber & Lyft there are many ways to ensure you get home safely. These services help to reduce the risk of people driving on the roads under the influence. There are even some free services offered during the holidays.

Crash with a friend or family member nearby. If you have a friend or family member that lives close to your event, plan ahead and have a close place to sleep. This helps eliminate the risk of driving under the influence or driving while tired, depending on when your holiday party ends.

Traveling out of town?

Plan ahead when driving to see family or friends. Make sure you look at the routes ahead of time. If you’re flying plan to arrive at the airport a few hours early so you’re not rushing through traffic.

Pay attention to traffic around you. Being a defensive and observant driver is extremely important when traveling. This can help avoid and prevent accidents from happening due to other peoples impaired driving, hopefully preventing an auto accident.

It’s important to stay sober while driving during the holiday season so you can ensure your safety. Find more statistics for drinking and driving through the NHTSA. We hope you have a safe, happy and healthy holiday season!

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