Is Distracted Driving More Common During the Holidays?

car with brake lights on driving through a holiday light tunnel

How the Holiday Season Increases Distractions on the Road

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season can come with many mixed emotions. While some people thrive under the pressure of gift-giving and spending time with family, others can quickly become stressed and have their mind wander elsewhere. Unfortunately, this stress can also be a significant distraction for drivers.

Many people often overlook the extent of how holiday distractions can impact driving ability. In addition to this stress, other factors can easily take your mind off the road if you're not cautious. Because of this, it is likely that accidents related to distraction may increase during this time of year. Read on to learn more about the most common holiday driving distractions.

Common Holiday Distractions

Christmas Lights

Nearly every adult can remember a time when either they or their parents took a trip to drive around and look at the light displays on businesses or homes in their neighborhood. However, this often comes with a driver who is distracted by the lights rather than paying attention to the road.

While we would never suggest that you forgo this beloved tradition, a safer option would be to park your car and walk around the neighborhood instead. That way, you can stay alert to other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists instead of trying to multitask.

Phones/GPS

Although using mobile devices while driving is an unfortunately common occurrence, studies show that this actually increases by about 33% during the Christmas period spanning over three days. While there is no definitive evidence of what this phone use is for, it likely can be attributed to people traveling and using it as a GPS or answering calls/texts from loved ones about plans.

Remember, using a handheld electronic device while driving is illegal in California, so drivers should defer to another individual in the car for any phone-related needs.

Fowler | Helsel | Vogt Wishes You a Safe Holiday Season

The Fresno-based attorneys at Fowler | Helsel | Vogt are dedicated to helping you have the safest holiday season possible by encouraging drivers to stay attentive to the roadway. Know that you may be eligible to seek compensation for damages caused by distracted drivers.

If involved in a collision that resulted in injury or death of a loved one, call (559) 900-1280 to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team.
 

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