Why Traffic Accidents Peak During Holidays and How You Can Stay Safe

It’s no secret that the country’s roadways become more dangerous during the holidays. That includes the winter holiday season and summer events like the Fourth of July. There are a few reasons why accidents are more likely to occur at these times. By knowing these reasons, and by taking precautions, you can avoid becoming part of this grim trend.

Know the causes of holiday-related accidents.

One of the main causes of the spike in accidents during holidays is simply that there are so many more drivers on the road. The more vehicles there are on the road, the greater the chance of an accident. Drivers may also be more likely to have kids in the car with them when going to a holiday celebration, which can lead to distractions. In addition, many people consume alcohol to celebrate holidays. Any amount of alcohol will impair a person’s ability to drive safely. Yet another reason for the spike in crashes is that people may be driving home late at night after attending a celebratory get-together. Fatigued driving can be just as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol.

Be prepared and stay safe.

One of the most important things you can do to stay safe during the holidays is to always have a designated driver. Designated drivers can still have plenty of fun celebrating the holidays without consuming alcohol. In addition, follow these tips:

  • Leave well ahead of time so you aren’t feeling rushed and won’t be tempted to speed or tailgate.
  • If you’re taking kids, make sure they have car-friendly activities to do so they won’t distract you while you’re driving.
  • Check a live traffic map before you leave. Consider taking an alternate route if traffic is bad.
  • Add the number for a towing company to your phone’s contact list, just in case.

In the event you do get into an accident this Fourth of July, you can count on the team of professional tow truck drivers at Barnett’s Towing. Based in Tucson, we serve drivers throughout Arizona. You can call (800) 722-2302 any time of the day or night to request an emergency tow.