Important New Year's Driving Statistics You Should Know

Published on: December 26, 2019

Filled with laughter and bottles of Champagne, traditionally New Year’s Eve is the hallmark celebration of the year. Start your 2020 resolution off with safe driving habits. Remember these New Year’s driving statistics for teenage driver’s education and personal safety that ensure you and your loved ones make it home safely this New Year.

Know the most dangerous driving times
It comes as no surprise that New Year’s Eve is on the list of most dangerous holidays to drive. Those traveling this holiday can plan accordingly, and know the risky time frames of when NOT to drive. According to multiple sources, between 6 p.m. on December 31 and 6 a.m. on January 1, are the most dangerous driving hours of the year on national roadways.

As stated by SafeAuto.com, “Compared to an average night on the weekend, there are 71% more crashes with drugs or alcohol as a contributing factor between December 31st at 6 pm and January 1st at 6 am. In just that 12 hour period, alcohol and drug-related car crashes skyrocket.”

In addition, it’s helpful to know morning and evening rush hour times and weather-related road conditions so you can adjust your driving accordingly. In some places, rush hour can start as early as 4:30 p.m. Keep this in mind for your departure and arrival times. On New Year’s Day, know the a.m. rush hour times so you can make educated decisions on when to drive home. Several accidents happen on New Year’s Day due to tired drivers.

Don’t become a drunk driving statistic
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, “...drunk driving fatalities increase by 50 percent for the New Year’s holiday. On average for the period studied, there were 36 alcohol-related traffic deaths per day throughout the year, but 45 [traffic deaths] on each of the days surrounding Christmas and 54 [traffic deaths] on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.”

Applicable driving tips for you and teenage drivers education students who will be new to the roads this year:

  • Don’t drive: When it comes to knowing the risks, make plans that allow you to retire your keys. When it comes to driving for New Year’s, it’s safer to not drive.
  • Personal breathalyzer: Bringing a breathalyzer to the party could save you or a friend from a DUI or a fatal accident. One beer can make all the difference. A highly trusted brand is BACtrack. Studies have shown this product has saved hundreds of lives and continues to be a smart way to prevent DUIs
  • Public transportation: Buses and subways often provide assistance by waiving faires for New Year’s. In the California area, metro trains and buses will be free for New Year’s Eve 2019.
  • Uber and Lyft: These two options make for an easy and affordable way to prevent driving for your New Year’s plans. Uber and Lyft usually offer promo codes around the holidays and for new riders. App or Google promo codes are available for Uber and Lyft.
  • Designated drivers: Some cities offer what's called the Designated Driver Program. If you’re a DD this year, several places offer free soda and chips all night to support safe driving. If you struggle at getting a noble volunteer this year, some services offer discounted or free rides for New Year’s.

Stay Safe and Have a Happy 2020 New Year from everyone at Bill’s Defensive Driving School!.

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