The scenario: The lack of time and energy during the holidays can be a major source of stress, which can lead to aggressive and distracted driving—including speeding and dangerous multitasking. In general, driving during prime shopping season can spur anxiety, when the roads are busier and everyone is in a hurry. Driving in early evening darkness and driving at night in the rain with lights reflecting off wet pavement can worsen an already stressful situation.
Holiday safety tip: Build plenty of travel time into your schedule, check traffic and weather in advance, and plug your destination into your GPS before you start driving. Also, be sure your car’s windows aren’t fogged up or iced over. (It’s easier and safer to clear them before you start driving.) Once you hit the road, stay focused on driving. Need to check your phone, take a call or send a text? Pull over. It’s super stressful—and downright dangerous—to interact with your phone while driving. If you have passengers who can help you, put them to work! Instead of distracting you, they can assist you. Ask them to manage your phone, help you navigate, keep an eye on traffic, scope out parking spots, etc. (Remind them it’s the season of giving.)