Although 2014 is nearly over, the holidays and winter are not quite finished, which means that many people will still have to travel home after New Year’s and/or continue traveling in dicey winter conditions. To try to increase public awareness regarding safety on the roads, the NHTSA has released some essential holiday driving safety tips to keep in mind while you travel.
By keeping these tips in mind and always being sober, careful and responsible when driving, you can do your part to stay safe on the roads. If, however, you are in an accident caused by a negligent or reckless driver, don’t hesitate to an experienced Denver car accident attorney at the Cederberg Law Firm for help obtaining the compensation you likely deserve.
Tip 1 – Only Drive When You’re Sober
Although the deadly nature of drinking and driving has been widely publicized, people still make the dangerous and reckless decision to get behind the wheel and drive when they’ve consumed significant alcohol. As part of its holiday driving safety tips, the NHTSA is again reminding drivers to NOT drive when they are drunk.
To try to drive this point home, the NHTSA has cited the following drunk driving accident statistics:
- One person in the U.S. dies in an alcohol-related traffic accident every 52 minutes.
- Every day in the U.S., at least 28 people die in drunk driving accidents.
- Drunk driving claims a victim in the U.S. every 2 and a half hours.
- About 1 in every 3 fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S. involves drunk driving.
- Last December, 733 people were killed in alcohol-related traffic accidents.
So, the NHTSA is advising that you avoid putting your life – as well as the lives of others – at an unnecessary risk by not drinking and driving this holiday season (or ever).
Tip 2 – Always Wear Your Seatbelt
As trite as it may seem, wearing your seatbelt is a simple yet effective way to save your life and/or minimize the extent of your injuries if you are ever in a motor vehicle accident. In particular, as the NHTSA reports, buckling up whenever you ride in a vehicle can:
- Reduce the risk of deadly injuries to the front-seat occupants of vehicles by about 45 percent
- Reduce the risk of sustaining moderate to serious injuries by as much as 50 percent.
So, the NHTSA continues to advise that you always wear your seatbelt when riding in or driving vehicles and that you impress this good habit on your children.
For our continued discussion regarding NHTSA holiday driving safety tips, be sure to check out the second and third parts of this blog that will be posted soon!
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