Holiday Stress Affects Driving Behavior
The holidays are an exciting and joyful time. They can also be a dangerous time. We all know that the holidays can be stressful. With wild mall parking lots, visiting in-laws, children anxious about Santa’s arrival, and plenty of holiday meals, the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is packed with stressors.
Holiday stress contributes to dangerous driving behavior in three main ways:
- Drowsy driving. With everything else going on, it’s understandable that some people find it challenging to get a good night’s sleep. But if you’re up all night worrying about cookies and wrapping paper, the drive to the airport or mall the next morning will be dangerous. When people are tired, attention and concentration is affected. In some cases, a drowsy driver may even fall asleep at the wheel! If you have a big day of driving coming up, make sure to get plenty of sleep. If you drive drowsy, you could drift into another lane, run a red light, or not notice a pedestrian or other obstacle.
- Drunk driving. After a stressful week, having a drink with coworkers or friends is enticing. But if you’re going to relieve stress through alcohol, make sure you have a ride home. Ask a sober friend to drive, or call a cab or Uber. Even one drink can have dramatic consequences.
- Speeding. You have to wrap presents, take the kids to see Santa, stop by a friend’s holiday party, bake a fancy meal . . . you have so much going on in one day, and so little time! But even when you’re rushing from place to place, remember to drive carefully. Getting pulled over for speeding — or worse, causing an accident — only makes matters worse
During the holidays, there is so much to look forward to. The holidays are stressful, but don’t let that get in the way of your happiness and safety.
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