Here is a bit of information sure to scare some of the holiday cheer right out of you. On the average day, about 100 Americans die in car accidents. That is a tragic number, as every single one of them can be considered an otherwise preventable death by people following traffic laws, paying better attention to the road and designating a driver as needed. Here is where this statistic grows sad: On Thanksgiving, that number is five times higher.

Holidays make driving dangerous. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Eve and the days immediately surrounding the actual holidays are the biggest traffic times of the year. With everyone on the road, it is not surprising that the risk of car accidents go up.

This is all reason why it is essential that you are precautions and take steps to stay safe as you are on the road this holiday season. Here are a few ways you can do this:

  • Designate a driver: Holiday celebrations are great, but the drive home can be dangerous if the driver has been drinking. Take advantage of hired Bay Area transportation to get you home safely. This way none of your friends have to refrain from the fun.
  • Hire a shuttle: Keep the fun going on the road with a Bay Area party bus. This gives you and your friends the chance to continue enjoying yourselves as you get home safely.
  • Slow down on the road: During the holiday season, expect the unexpected. Pay close attention to the road and the speed limit so you don’t find yourself in an accident.
  • Wear your seat-belt: In most cases, when accidents do happen on the roads they do not have to be fatal. Wearing your seatbelt will keep you safe in case of the worst.

Throughout the holiday season there are a lot of Grinches on the road. Be cautious of this and don’t let any of them take you down with their road rage! Stay out of the way of cars that are speeding past you and don’t engage in any aggressive driving behavior. If you are uncomfortable near another driver on the road, slow down or pull over until they have passed you and then travel on again.

Safety first should be your number one priority during the holiday travel season. By being cautious on the road, we hope you can have a safe, happy and healthy holiday!