Last updated on November 13, 2018 at 05:38 pm
News articles each year trumpet how many millions of drivers will be on the roads for the holidays. It can be tough to stay in the seasonal spirit when you’re pumping the brake pedal every five seconds or driving white-knuckled through a slushy, freezing rainstorm.
If you’re like most people, you can expect some added stress to come from holiday driving. But if you anticipate sources of stress, you can take steps to cut them off before they become a problem. Plymouth Rock Assurance surveyed 1,000 drivers and they told us exactly what’s stressing them out:
- Crowded Parking Lots
90% said this would add to their holiday stress. It’s a universal issue – there never seems to be enough parking spaces around the holidays. Try arranging your schedule to visit stores during off peak hours. Google has a tool that shows when most stores and restaurants are busy – just search for the name and location.
- Traffic Jams
88% expect stress from gridlock. Every year we hear about how many millions of people will take to the roads for holiday travel. However, there’s a wildcard this year in New Jersey as the state recently raised its gas tax by $0.23 a gallon. If you find yourself in bumper-to-bumper traffic, stay calm, keep a safe distance from the car in front of you and resist the temptation to check your smartphone.
- Drunken Drivers
This was a concern for 87% of poll participants. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 31% of all traffic-related deaths in 2014 were from alcohol-impaired crashes. Mothers Against Drunk Driving has tips about what to do if you see a drunk driver.
- Bad Driving Weather
86% said this will add stress. November and December weather on the East Coast can be unpredictable. Depending on what’s in your local forecast, brush up on driving in fall weather, or for being safe in the snow.
- Other Drivers Texting
This is a concern for 85%. If you notice someone texting or using their smartphone while driving, make sure to give them plenty of room. It’s not safe to be around distracted drivers.
This can be a busy time of year. Take a little more time on the road, stay focused and remain calm, so everyone can have a safe and happy holiday season.