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Stay Safe During the Busiest Travel Days in U. S. History

Holiday travel is back to pre-pandemic levels. Thanksgiving weekend in 2023 was the busiest ever for the US travel industry with TSA saying it now has a new agency record for the busiest ever air travel day.

And this heavy travel trend is expected to continue. “The American Automobile Association (AAA) projects that a whopping 55.4 million Americans will embark on journeys of 50 miles or more from home this holiday season.” And Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Americans will see the busiest travel days in U.S. history this holiday season.

Busy travel days mean higher risk of car and truck crashes. Even if you’re flying to your destination, you’re still driving on the roads to get to and from the airport. That’s why it’s important for all of us to brush up on our driving safety awareness.

Let’s look at this list provided by the Texas Department of Transportation to help you avoid a wreck.

  • Be courteous to other drivers.
  • Always buckle up, all riders, day and night.
  • Pay attention, focus on driving when behind the wheel, put the phone away or turn it off.
  • Drive to conditions; slow down when weather conditions are bad.
  • Stop for all stop signs and red lights.
  • Pass carefully when it’s legal and safe.
  • Never drive after drinking alcohol or consuming other drugs or medications that cause drowsiness.
  • Slow down or move over for flashing lights; a law enforcement vehicle, emergency vehicle, tow truck or TxDOT vehicle that may be stopped along the side of the road.

This is a good list to follow all year long, but there are special conditions to be aware of during the holiday season.

  • First, drivers are often more stressed at this time of year. Stress can lead to anger, and angry drivers can be rude—and sometimes even dangerous—drivers. Take extra care to be courteous to others over the holidays.
  • When you are in a hurry to get to a party or just making a quick dash to the store, you may not want to bother putting on a seatbelt. Never forget, seatbelts save lives, so take a few extra seconds and buckle up. If that’s not reason enough, remember “Click It or Ticket.” The fine here in the state of Texas can be as much as $200—which would be much better spent on holiday food or presents!
  • There are so many reasons to be a distracted driver over the holidays. There are beautiful lights and decorations everywhere, signs for sales, and Christmas carols on the radio. Sometimes you just have to belt out a chorus of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” But it’s best to focus on the beauty and wonder of the season when you’re a passenger, not the driver.
  • Though North Texas doesn’t to have snow and ice this time of year, it has been known to happen. In addition, the cooler weather affects things like our tires’ air pressure. Be prepared for adverse whether conditions, know how to take care of your car under those circumstances, and know how to drive on ice and snow—or stay home and enjoy hot chocolate and Christmas cookies!
  • Parties serve alcohol during the holidays, and it’s easy to lose track of how much we’ve consumed when enjoying those glasses of eggnog or mulled wine. It’s important to set limits and designate a driver.

Here at Accident and Injury Chiropractic, we want you to have a wonderful and safe holiday season. And remember, if you do get in a car or truck crash, we have 14 convenient locations where you can receive the Pro Treatment without taking to much out of your busy holiday schedule!