Holiday driving safety tips

Tips for Avoiding Alabama Car Accidents This Holiday Season

by Staff Blogger | December 23rd, 2014

Christmas is this week. And while it’s a day for celebrating, many will be traveling to visit friends and family. This increase in traffic volume around the holidays leads to an increase in Alabama car accidents.

Reports indicate researchers from the University of Alabama Center for Advanced Public Safety crunched accident numbers collected over the last ten years using a piece of technology known as Critical Analysis Reporting Environment—or CARE. They found Alabama car accident totals were 18 percent higher at Christmas than the total number of crashes recorded during Thanksgiving. Furthermore, accident totals around Christmas were as much as 27 percent greater than the New Year’s Day accident count.

These numbers may leave you wondering what you can do to stay safe on Alabama’s roads and highways this holiday season. The Birmingham personal injury attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers suggest:

  • Avoiding Alcohol if You’re Driving– If you’ve consumed alcohol or any other substance that could impair judgment, use a cab or designated driver to get home safely.
  • Being Prepared– Know the traffic and road conditions along the route you plan to travel. Also, be sure and pack emergency supplies, such as food, water, blankets, flashlights, and a fully charged cellphone.
  • Obeying The Law- Eliminate distractions prior to driving, obey the speed limit and traffic signs, and buckle up.

We are hopeful these tips help you and your loved ones to have happy and safe travels during the holiday season!