December can be both a great and a dangerous month. It is great because it is Christmas time and everyone gets into the festive mood with mulled wine, crackers, parties and Christmas shopping.
But, as there is a tendency for more parties to happen in this month with plenty of alcohol flowing, this can often cause more accidents on the road
Why do more road traffic accidents happen in December compared to other months?
There are many reasons for why road accidents are more common in this month. The biggest reason for this can be summed up into one word: Christmas. With more alcohol consumed at Christmas, more people sometimes drink and drive which can very often lead to a car accident. As well as this, many people are often preoccupied and distracted whilst driving thinking about the coming festivities which can also cause road accident claims.
Another reason why more car accidents happen in this month is because winter starts getting serious and people just aren’t prepared. When conditions get icy you need to make sure your tyres are properly pressurised and you have anti-freeze in your windscreen washers amongst many other things you can do to avoid a car accident in December. Don’t wait until the temperature drops rapidly, be prepared.
What else can I do to prevent a car accident during December?
If you are going to party and you are the designated driver, avoid drinking alcohol. Alcohol impairs both vision and reflexes so even a small amount can be the difference between seeing that car braking in the distance and slowing down and not seeing it and crashing into it. Also, to prevent a car accident claim, make sure you are always focused on the road ahead and not distracted thinking of things you have to do. This will make you more aware of your surroundings and greatly reduce the risk of a road traffic accident.
However, if you do have a road traffic accident that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim for compensation. Speak to Accident Advice Helpline to find out more either on their 24-hour advice line on 0800 689 0500, or find out how much you could be entitled to claim by taking the 30 second compensation calculator on our website.