COVID-19 Holiday Traveling Tips to Avoid Car Accidents
November 11, 2021

It is that time of year when family and friends are planning holiday trips. With Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s approaching, this is the busiest travel period in the United States, making it a dangerous time to be on the road. Here are some tips to keep you safe this holiday season along with some other important information.

If you happen to get into a car accident this holiday season, make an appointment at County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Centers as soon as you can. We may be able to help you get back on your feet without risky medications or surgeries.

5 Tips to Stay Safe on the Road During the Holiday Season

Holiday Road Trip Safety Tips - Car Accident Chiropractors

If you are among those planning to travel for the holidays this year, here are some tips on how to stay safe during the holidays.

1. Be Prepared

While many restrictions have been lifted as vaccination rates have increased, public transportation and other places may still have mask requirements. If you are traveling by plane, train, bus, taxi, or rideshare, make sure you know the rules about masks ahead of time and plan accordingly.

Additionally, other procedures may still be different than they were before the pandemic hit. You may need a temperature check, a negative COVID-19 test, or proof of vaccination to board some forms of transportation or get into certain places. Make sure you know what to expect before you leave for your trip and plan accordingly.

2. Inspect Your Car Before Going on a Road Trip

Improperly filled tires are more prone to blowing out and decrease your vehicle’s handling ability, which could lead to a crash. Minor mechanical problems can become severe and leave you stranded on the side of the road. For these reasons and more, make sure you thoroughly inspect your car before you go on a road trip.

3. Avoid Driving Distractions

Avoid texting, changing the music, and eating while you are on the road. Road trips to new cities and states often mean new roads and driving laws, so it is important for the driver to pay attention at all times. Additionally, distracted driving kills thousands of people each year – do your part to ensure you do not contribute to that statistic.

4. Do Not Drive After Drinking or Doing Drugs 

About 28 people per day die in drunk-driving crashes in the United States. Additionally, more than half of all drivers involved in serious injury and fatal crashes tested positive for at least one drug.

Several studies have also shown that marijuana use impairs cognitive function, lane tracking ability, motor skills, and the ability to multitask.

5. Make Sure Everybody Buckles Up

Nearly half of all people who die in car accidents were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash, and seat belts save around 15,000 lives per year. Airbags are intended to work with airbags rather than replace them, so airbags are not a good reason to skip seat belts. Make sure everybody in the vehicles is buckled and that children under 12 are in the back seat in booster or car seats.

If you or a loved one are injured in an accident during this holiday season, please contact or visit one of County Line’s 6 locations

If you are involved in a car accident during this year’s holiday season, contact the experienced and caring chiropractors at our 6 convenient County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Centers:

Common Car Accident Injuries

Common car accident injuries include:

  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Bruises, lacerations, and road rash
  • Fractures and broken bones
  • Crush injuries
  • Shoulder injuries
  • Knee injuries
  • Whiplash and other neck injuries
  • Back injuries
  • Burns
  • Limb loss or amputation
  • Internal injuries
  • Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)

Holiday Travel Statistics

Holiday Car Accidents - County Line Chiropractic

Here are some holiday travel statistics to keep in mind as you hit the roads this year:

  • Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Independence Day are the 3 deadliest holidays to drive.
  • Christmas Day is the safest holiday to drive since most people stay home that day and many businesses are closed, leading to fewer people on the road.
  • New Year’s day is the 12th-deadliest holiday to drive and Thanksgiving is the 9th-deadliest.

Injured in a South Florida Car Accident? Visit County Line Chiropractic

If you are involved in a car accident during this year’s holiday season, contact the experienced and caring chiropractors at our 6 convenient County Line Chiropractic Medical & Rehab Centers:

We will find the source of your pain, diagnose your injuries, and come up with a customized treatment plan to help you start feeling better. Schedule an appointment or walk-in today to get started on your healing journey.

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