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With the holiday season in full swing, distraction levels are high.

Ways to celebrate safely during the holidays.

Most people are consumed with holiday party planning, cooking for their family, buying presents for loved ones and looking forward to vacation time. While everyone is focused on planning an enjoyable holiday, unexpected vehicle collisions happen too often.

Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, the roads are packed with more and more traffic, making it one of the most dangerous times on the road. It is important that you do everything in your power to make the roads as safe as possible for you and the drivers around you. We have highlighted a list of five things to do to lower distractions while driving this holiday season.

Program your GPS before you begin your drive. The last thing a driver needs on a busy road is programming a complicated GPS.

With most people making long trips during the holidays, it is important to get plenty of rest and take breaks to stretch and move around. Long roads trips can be exhausting, and it is important you are always fully aware and alert of your surroundings.

Put down the phone. If you have to check your phone for calls or text messages during the drive, let a passenger do it. According to NHTSA, drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to get into crashes. Plus, in many states, using your phone while driving is illegal.

Have kids in the car? With most children out of school for the holidays, excitement can be at an all-time high. It is important to remind your children to stay in their seat during car trips and have everything they will need within arm’s reach.

Take the extra time to enjoy your meal before you hit the road. With long road trips and busy days running errands, many people find it hard to make time for a meal outside of their car. However, when you are eating or drinking in the car you are taking both your eyes off the road and hands off the wheel.

Drinking and serving responsibly.

You probably hear it every year, but it is important that people take responsibility for themselves and others when it comes to alcohol consumption. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has released “The Truth About Holiday Spirits” to help you celebrate safely this Holiday season.

Party hosts and their guests must take the appropriate measures to practice safe driving habits. These measures include, but are not limited to, finding a designated driver, allowing those who over imbibed to spend the night, or calling a taxi. While it is important to never drink and drive, you also must be on the lookout for those drivers who may be under the influence.

These are just a few tips that can help make your holidays safer and more enjoyable for you and your loved ones.

If you or someone you love has been seriously injured by an impaired or distracted driver, we encourage you to contact us. We have years of experience successfully representing victims and their families following catastrophic accidents.

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