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Whether it’s making a “Merry Christmas!” phone call from behind the wheel, rushing to the next holiday party or indulging in some rum eggnog prior to hitting the road, here are some of the most dangerous behaviors drivers exhibit during the holiday season.

Driving when you’re tired, impaired or distracted is always dangerous – but add low visibility, the potential for ice and snow and the pressures that come with the holiday season, and this otherwise festive season just might be one of the worst times to be on the road. This year, avoid these four most dangerous holiday driving hazards and help keep your travels safe.

“When accompanied by poor road conditions, these four dangerous behind-the-wheel behaviors combine into a perfect storm of risk for drivers,” explained driver safety expert Doug Horn, who founded driving safety program Drive by Example.

The four most dangerous holiday driving hazards include:

1. Distracted Driving. I’ve been blogging about this the past few days.  “This includes driving while using cell phones for both talking and texting holiday messages to friends, coworkers and family,” Horn said. “It also includes driving while checking out store hours and locations using a smartphone to surf the web.”  Other forms of “secondary activity” include eating, drinking, smoking, picking up a moving object, reading, writing, reaching into the glove compartment, cleaning the inside of the windshield, arguing with another passenger, combing hair, shaving, putting on makeup, grooming nails, putting in contacts, and breaking up fights between children.

2. Impaired Driving. “Year-end dinners, parties and celebrations typically involve consumption of alcohol, and in too many cases, use of drugs,” said Horn. “An increase in the number of impaired drivers using the roadways during the winter holidays has been well-established by law enforcement, and the loss of life resulting from impaired driving is also well-established.”

3. Pressured Driving. “The winter holidays typically bring with them increased pressures, especially financial pressures and the stress created by trying to do too much in a short time span. Drivers often react to these pressures by driving too fast for conditions, making aggressive lane changes, failing to yield right-of-way, and generally disregarding the needs and safety of others using the road,” Horn stressed.

4. Fatigued Driving. “Increased demands and activities during the winter holidays often mean significantly reduced sleep schedules,” Horn added. “According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, people who slept 6-7 hours a night were twice as likely to be involved in a crash as those sleeping 8 hours or more, while people sleeping less than 5 hours increased their risk four to five times.”

Horn added that it’s not uncommon for a single driver to manifest all four dangerous driving behaviors at the same time, especially in the final 10 days of the year.

So this Holiday season, take this list and check it twice  or as many times as need be– and stay safe out there.

-Karim

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