The holiday season puts many more people on the road, and it may encourage some to look at car insurance policies that are stronger than their current plans in the event of an accident. However, there are other issues related to personal safety that drivers may want to be aware of when heading out.
From Wednesday, Nov. 27 until Sun. Dec. 1, there could be as many as 436 fatalities due to vehicle collisions, according to a report from the National Safety Council (NSC). Another 46,600 people may be injured in accidents on the road during that period.
Despite the figures, this could be a drop of 8 percent compared to the past few years, which is due to fewer deaths on the road overall, the report noted. There was an increase in overall fatalities for the full 2012 year, but this year may see a decline in that measurement.
"NSC issues fatality estimates for major holiday periods to draw attention to the need for drivers to exercise safe driving practices," said John Ulczycki, vice president of strategic initiatives at the National Safety Council. "It is especially important to highlight these numbers when a significant number of drivers are expected to be traveling on our roadways and highways."
Having a seatbelt fastened during the Thanksgiving holiday may prove vital for saving lives this Thanksgiving holiday season. The report noted that nearly 160 lives may be spared by using these devices while in the car.
Fatalities rise in 2012
While this year may see a downward trend in the number of traffic-related deaths, last year experienced a notable increase. According to a report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the number of traffic deaths in 2012 reached 33,561. This was 1,082 higher than 2011's level.
"Highway deaths claim more than 30,000 lives each year and while we've made substantial progress over the past 50 years, it's clear that we have much more work to do," said Anthony Foxx, secretary of the DOT. "As we look to the future, we must focus our efforts to tackle persistent and emerging issues that threaten the safety of motorists, cyclists and pedestrians across the nation."
Nearly three-quarters of these deaths were recorded during the first three months of 2012, the report added.
While staying safe and vigilant on the road is important, protecting a vehicle is also necessary. Seeking out a strong auto insurance policy may be crucial.