Whenever a holiday arrives, there are many motorists that will be heading to parties and could be drinking alcohol. While those who are remaining sober may be ensuring that their car insurance policy is strong enough to deal with the heightened crash risk on the road, those who are drinking may be trying to avoid hitting the road at all.
Those who are heading out for the Halloween week need to do what they can to organize a safe way home, a statement from AAA noted. This is extremely important, not only because driving under the influence is illegal, but because it can save lives.
The auto club created a pledge that drivers can take to promote driving sober, whether it be involving drugs or alcohol, as both are extremely dangerous to mix with being on the road. There are also multiple programs and initiatives that can help educate individuals about the dangers of driving under the influence.
Another notable facet of the auto club's programs during the holiday season is its offer to tow vehicles for those who are not fit to drive. This is in place nationwide for Halloween, and is called the Tipsy Tow Program. Not every branch of the club offers the program, but it is quite widespread. For those who live in the Southeast, especially Florida and Georgia, the Auto Club Group has the Tow-to-Go program, which may be available to both members and non-members, depending on the area. There may be other organizations that provide these types of initiatives, which could be important when trying to keep people safe.
Regardless of the holiday, it may be important for drivers to ensure they have a strong auto insurance policy. This is because the roads can be more dangerous at night, as well as when many people are having events during the upcoming holiday season. Days are shorter, and some road conditions may worsen during this time.
Drowsy drivers may be a significant risk
While driving under the influence is dangerous, it is not the only threat on the road related to impaired drivers.
A report from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania noted that between 15 percent and 33 percent of fatal automotive collisions are due to those who are tired behind the wheel.