The holiday season means twinkling lights, food and good cheer, time with family and friends, and a lot of booze. Indeed, from holiday parties to indulging at home, statistics show that Americans double their alcohol consumption between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Unfortunately, this means that there is also an increase in the number of drunk drivers on the roads, as well as a spike in the number of drunk driver-caused car accidents. As you navigate the streets this holiday season, here are three ways to protect yourself against drunk drivers–

  1. Stay Off the Road Late at Night

The majority of accidents involving drunk drivers happen late at night, as well as in the earliest hours of the morning. If you can, avoid driving during these times, as the risk of being involved in an alcohol-involved crash is greater. If you’re out late somewhere, consider staying the night so that you don’t have to drive home (especially if you yourself have consumed an alcoholic beverage!). 

  1. Drive Defensively, Especially at Intersections

Drunk drivers have slower reaction times and often perform dangerous maneuvers, such as speeding and running red lights. As such, as you drive during the holiday season, especially if late at night or in the wee hours of the morning, keep a safe distance between your vehicle and other cars on the road. Intersections can be especially dangerous so, before you proceed through a red light or stop sign, double-check for oncoming vehicles even if you have the right of way. If another car is approaching an intersection and doesn’t look like it plans to stop, yield, even if traffic laws suggest that you are entitled to proceed. 

  1. Wear Your Seatbelt

Buckling your seatbelt won’t prevent a crash, but it could save your life in the event that you are hit by a drunk driver. Indeed, wearing your seatbelt is one of the smartest things that you can do. Those who are unbelted at the time of crash are much more likely to suffer fatal or severe injuries than are those who are buckled up. 

Other Tips for Staying Safe During the Holidays

The holidays should be a time of joy, not of sorrow because a serious crash has occurred. To help combat drunk driving, pledge to always drive sober yourself, offer to be a designated driver, serve a non-alcoholic beverage option at holiday parties, and exercise defensive driving techniques, including that of always putting away distractions when behind the wheel. 

Call Our Massachusetts Car Accident Lawyers if You’re Injured in a Crash 

Being involved in a drunk driving accident can be terrifying and devastating. If you are harmed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver in Boston, call our Massachusetts car accident lawyers at the law offices of Lovenberg & Associates, P.C. for a free consultation about your options and information about how we can help you recover monetary damages. You can reach us online, or by calling (617) 973-9950 directly.