We’ve made it to November, can you believe it!? With Thanksgiving right around the corner, the holiday rush has already kicked in for a lot of us. Maybe you’re the type of person who thinks the official start of the holidays is Halloween (we’re right there with you). This is the time of year where many of us entertain visiting relatives and friends— driving them from one part of town to the next. While the season is certainly a time to enjoy the company of loved ones, for some it is also a time where depression or anger sets in.
As a whole, the streets of El Paso tend to see accidents that are more exclusive to the months of November and December. Why is that? As we mentioned, the holidays bring about different emotions and distractions along with an increase of people on the roads, all of which can lead to more accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the deadliest days on the roads across the nation are December 23rd and 24th.
As an auto collision repair shop in El Paso, we are always concerned with the safety of our community. It’s one thing to have your car damaged due to hail but it’s another to be injured due to the negligence of an angry driver. If you’re doing last minute Christmas shopping, drive with caution and be friendly to other drivers. Also, if you attend a holiday party, always have a designated driver or request a Lyft or Uber. By doing so, you can help minimize the following common accidents that take place during the holidays:
Driving Under Stress
If you’re a parent with older children, then holiday stress may be something you’ve come to know throughout the years. Perhaps you’ve found means of balancing out the stressful moments with the happy ones. For those who find it difficult to do so, it can take a serious toll their health, concentration, and ability to operate a vehicle. The worst thing a person can do when they are angry, stressed, or even mentally distracted is get behind the wheel of a vehicle.
Around the holidays, unfortunately, there are a lot of drivers with negative emotions, which hinders their ability to drive with caution. You may even witness an increase in cars honking, drivers cutting you off, or mere negligence such as failing to stop at a stop sign or turn when it isn’t their right to do so. When possible, report this type of behavior. Sometimes all it takes is a wakeup call for someone to realize they are putting others in danger.
Driving While Intoxicated
We’ve all been there. You’re at a party having a great time with your favorite people then you realize you’re in no position to drive. In these circumstances, it is always best to call someone who can pick you up. Nowadays there is no reason to get behind the wheel intoxicated. With ridesharing apps like Lyft and Uber, you can completely avoid driving to the party and have a good time knowing that a sober driver can get you to and from your destination. Unfortunately, the holidays are a time when DUIs and DWIs increase, especially around Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you notice a car or truck driving suspiciously, report it immediately. And if you absolutely don’t plan on drinking, offer to be the designated driver.
Stay Safe This Holiday Season, El Paso!
Here at Pronto Body Shop, we’re in the business of helping people. Your car or truck can be fixed but you should never risk your life. As a collision repair shop in El Paso, we see a variety of damages all caused by different types of accidents. We’re grateful for the opportunity to help people get back to their normal routines following accidents. It’s always our goal to fix your vehicle in a timeline manner, but also to offer recommendations on making El Paso a safer place to drive! Please contact us if you have any questions or are in need of assistance.