Since 2019, fatal traffic accidents during the Thanksgiving period have been steadily increasing. According to the most recent National Safety Council (NSC) data, this holiday has seen a 26% increase in fatalities. Ahead of this upcoming period, it’s important for drivers to understand what has contributed to these elevated rates and how they can keep themselves safe.
Causes of Thanksgiving Traffic Accidents
There are a few key reasons why traffic fatalities have risen during Thanksgiving in recent years. First, more people are traveling than ever before. After staying home in 2020 to slow the spread of COVID-19 and a slow increase in travel the year following, over 50 million Americans are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday.
In addition, many people are now driving longer distances to their holiday destinations. A 2021 survey found that nearly 60% of respondents anticipated traveling farther during this holiday than years prior. This means that more drivers are spending more time on the road, which increases the chances of an accident.
Finally, there is evidence to suggest that more drivers are impaired during the Thanksgiving period. Reports from the NSC annually show that drunk-driving fatalities rise significantly during holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve.
How Drivers Can Keep Themselves Safe
Despite the increases in fatalities, there are a few things drivers can do to keep themselves safe during the Thanksgiving period.
- Plan your trip in advance and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destination. This way, you can avoid feeling rushed and making poor decisions behind the wheel.
- Take breaks often. If you’re driving a long distance, plan to stop every few hours to rest and stretch your legs. This will help you stay alert and focused on the road.
- Avoid drinking alcohol if you're driving. If you plan on drinking, make arrangements for a sober driver in advance. Thanksgiving is a time to enjoy family and friends, not to put yourself and others at risk.
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