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What are the risks of holiday driving?

With the holiday season upon us, you may find yourself spending a good amount of time behind the wheel. From trips across town to trips across the state (or farther), you may soon feel like your car is your second home.

There are many risks associated with holiday driving, including the following:

  • Impaired driving: Many people enjoy drinking alcohol during the holidays. Unfortunately, some of them don't understand the importance of staying off the road if they have alcohol in their system. This puts them, as well as everyone else on the road, at risk of an accident. If you spot an intoxicated driver, keep your distance and consider reporting them to the authorities.
  • Distracted driving: This includes everything from texting to checking out on your children in the backseat to conversing with your spouse who's sitting shotgun. When driving, keep 100 percent of your focus on the road ahead.
  • Drowsy driving: Long road trips require you to spend hours on end behind the wheel. Just the same, it's easy to wear yourself down during the holidays, thanks to a variety of personal and professional responsibilities. You can't control how much other drivers sleep, but make sure you're well-rested before hitting the road.

If another driver causes an accident during your holiday road trip, move to safety, call 911 for help and turn your immediate attention to your health and recovery.

Once time allows, contact your insurance agent and learn more about the accident. This will help you decide what to do next, such as how to receive compensation from the negligent driver.

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