Christmas is fast approaching and it’s an exciting time. The holidays are also a very busy period.
While driving always has the potential to be dangerous, there are a number of hazards that road users must be aware of during the holidays. Outlined below are some of the most notable dangers of driving during the holidays.
1. Drop in temperatures
Firstly, the weather at this time of year changes drastically. Temperatures in New Jersey can even reach below freezing, which means ice and snow. Ice on the roads reduces the traction of vehicles, resulting in an increased chance of road traffic collisions. Heavy snowfall and harsh winter conditions also restrict the visibility of road users.
2. More people
During the holidays, it’s likely that you’ll experience higher volumes of traffic on the road due to people visiting families or simply taking time off from work. This also extends to foot traffic, with large numbers of pedestrians buying gifts, catching up or attending Christmas parties. Higher volumes of people mean that there are more hazards for road users to anticipate.
3. Alcohol intake
The holidays are a time for people to let their hair down after working hard all year. For some, this means having a drink. There’s nothing wrong with consuming alcohol but it can create potential hazards.
For instance, drunk pedestrians may stumble onto the road by mistake or misjudge a pedestrian crossing. Having a drink and driving is never advisable and there tends to be a spike in the number of people caught over the limit during the holidays.
If you’ve been injured by a negligent driver then you can hold them to account. Seeking legal guidance will give you a better idea of your personal injury claim options.