With the holiday season in busy, populated places like New Bedford, Massachusetts, there comes a significant increase in distracted drivers, drinking and driving, people speeding and rushing to get to there many destinations, etc.. Everybody should do their part to practice safety when driving this season to help assure everyone a safe passage and arrival to their loved ones. Here are some tips:

Put the distractions away. Never text while driving. Search for whichever stores or other destinations BEFORE you begin driving. Program your GPS, select your favorite holiday music station, etc. prior to hitting the road. One or two seconds of Distracted Driving can negatively impact your life and the lives of others.

Be sure that your vehicle is in good working order. Before traveling to your holiday destination, get a tune up; check tire tread and pressure, oil and fluid levels, working lights and windshield wipers, etc.

As always, buckle up for safety. In the majority of accidents, seat belts save lives.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%. Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts (78% usage) than adults who live in urban and suburban areas (87% usage). Also, secure your infants and children in properly fitted car seats and booster seats.

NEVER drink and drive.  Drinking alcohol slows reaction time and impairs judgment and coordination, all skills needed to drive a car safely.  The more alcohol consumed, the greater the impairment. Take a cab, Uber, or have a designated sober driver.

Observe speed limits.  Allow plenty of time to get to your destination. Most likely you will have to share the road with thousands of other drivers, road construction, and possible rain and summer storms, so get used to it. You’re not in a race. Speeders don’t win.

Stay alert on your ride home. People tend to leave their holiday parties later at night. Take a break when feeling drowsy. Take advantage of rest stops. Drive defensively.

Drive cautiously on rural roads. Some of the nicest destinations happen to be out in the “sticks”. According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), more accidents occur on rural roads than other venues. Stay allert, watch out for deer and other animals.

Thanks for reading this and from our offices in Massachusetts and Rhode Island… have a safe, happy holiday season!
The Law Offices of Dussault & Zatir

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