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Driving Home for Christmas and Holidays: Part 2 – On the Road

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It’s Holiday time! Your last shift at work doesn’t seem so bad anymore – you’re flying through the piles of paperwork as you are waiting to get home to your loved ones. As we mentioned in Driving Home for Christmas and Holidays: Part 1 – Plan Ahead, the drive home is undoubtedly an exciting time filled with many strong emotions, and unfortunately it is also a time of rushing. And with rushing come recklessness, impulsiveness and carelessness, which can lead to car accidents.

It’s Holiday time! Your last shift at work doesn’t seem so bad anymore – you’re flying through the piles of paperwork as you are waiting to get home to your loved ones. As we mentioned in Driving Home for Christmas and Holidays: Part 1 – Plan Ahead, the drive home is undoubtedly an exciting time filled with many strong emotions, and unfortunately it is also a time of rushing. And with rushing come recklessness, impulsiveness and carelessness, which can lead to car accidents.

The holiday season is one of the most accident intense seasons on the road – on average over the 3-day Christmas celebration an unbelievable 343 people die in traffic accidents. But do not let this to hinder your Holiday spirit just yet, if you are involved in an accident on the road get in touch with our specialist car accident doctor in Spring Hill who will be there for you to evaluate your injuries. Our doctors state the most common auto injuries include whiplash, headaches and fractured bones, but there are many more potential non-life threatening injuries, which you can learn about in our Spring Hill auto-injury clinic.

There are multiple reasons why so many accidents happen and some are beyond your control, like other drivers being under influence. However, there are many things that you can do, whilst on the road, to reduce your chances of getting into an accident. Below we list 5 crucial things that you can do on the road to make your drive home safer.

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1. Be focused

Driving requires your full undivided attention in order to get you to your destination ALIVE! Distractions include your mobile phone – calls, texts or even just receiving and reacting to notifications, checking your appearance, reaching for something or changing the song on your radio. All of these activities can be easily avoided by planning ahead. Arrange calls to happen before or after your drive, put your phone out of your sight and make sure everything you may need is within your reach. And if you forget to do that, just make a quick stop when needed.

2. Be well rested

This cannot be stressed enough, being rested makes us more aware of our surroundings, better decision makers and increases our responsiveness, so already making you a safer driver. We know that getting the recommended 8 hours of sleep might not always be possible, especially before a long break from work, so when on the road do not shy away from taking multiple breaks to recharge. The AAA released a statistic stating that 1 in 5 fatal crashes involve drowsy drivers. So if taking breaks is not possible for you, make sure to take a co-driver or a companion to keep you alert and awake with music or a conversation.

3. Assume other drivers WILL make mistakes

In hindsight not only think about your own driving performance, but also do not rely on the expectations you have about other drivers. Other drivers might be distracted, under influence, or just naturally careless. Our car accident doctor in Spring Hill stresses that many drivers on public roads are not prudent and cautious enough causing accidents to happen. Thus, always assume that the other drivers will not follow road laws or behave the way you would. This way you are automatically giving yourself an escape route should the other drivers act dangerously.

4. Stick to the law requirements

This should come without saying, but it is hugely important to emphasise how important sticking to speed limits, fastening your seat belts, using your lights and applying the 3-second rule of distance is to ensuring your own and others’ safety! Our auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill stresses that following the laws and behaving defensively gives you better control over your vehicle, more time to react to danger and makes you more aware of your surroundings. Also, these actions will make you less likely to experience life-threatening injuries if an accident does occur.

5. Say no to holiday drinks at work!

In your past experiences that one gingerbread espresso Martini would not be enough to affect you, but what you are not considering now is how tired you truly might be or how well your organism has taken in your lunch. So this one cocktail might hit you a little bit more than you may think.

In 2017 the CDC released an article stating that in the US alone 29 people die EVERY DAY in motor vehicle accidents involving alcohol-impaired drivers. And combining that with the general increased number of accidents over the holiday season makes up a terrifying statistic.

So keep that in mind before having a drink. And if you can’t help saying “yes” at least have plenty of hearty food with it and give your body plenty of time process the alcohol.

It is still a possibility that an accident will occur – not necessarily a major one. So the car accident doctor in Spring Hill urges you to not ignore even a minor accident because many symptoms of injuries do not show immediately, but if left untreated can lead to further complications.

Applying these 5 crucial behaviors will not make you 100% resistant to dangers on the road or accidents, but it will certainly make you more aware of potentially dangerous situations and hence help you avoid them better.

Remember, being alert and a sensible driver puts you in a stronger position to deal with other people’s poor driving habits.

Happy Holidays!

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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Driving home for Christmas and Holidays: Part 1 – Plan Ahead

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Holidays, what a wonderful time of the year. We countdown the days and then the hours until we get to carelessly spend time rejoicing with our family and close friends. To enjoy delicious food, free time and lovely company. It comes at no surprise that the lead up to Holidays is stressful, busy and blissful – we want to get everything done and dusted in time. This does not exclude the drive home.

Holiday Season is a beautiful time of anticipation and excitement, but the stress doesn’t fall far away from it.

Car accidents are particularly ample in December, so you know your journey home will be longer than usually AND more dangerous. To avoid risk, extra unnecessary stress and unpleasantries, planning your journey home for Holidays is crucial!

Holidays, what a wonderful time of the year. We countdown the days and then the hours until we get to carelessly spend time rejoicing with our family and close friends. To enjoy delicious food, free time and lovely company. It comes at no surprise that the lead up to Holidays is stressful, busy and blissful – we want to get everything done and dusted in time. This does not exclude the drive home.

Holiday Season is a beautiful time of anticipation and excitement, but the stress doesn’t fall far away from it.

Car accidents are particularly ample in December, so you know your journey home will be longer than usually AND more dangerous. To avoid risk, extra unnecessary stress and unpleasantries, planning your journey home for Holidays is crucial!

If unfortunately you become involved in a car accident on your journey home make sure to contact the Lifeguard Urgent Care’s auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill for medical assistance.

Below you can learn why you should plan ahead, what you should plan ahead for and how to ensure you are a safe driver.

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Why plan ahead?

Many times when we are stuck in avoidable traffic jams on the way to a meeting or an appointment we bite ourselves for not checking the traffic announcements ahead of time. This feeling is made even worse when you are short of time on the way to your festive house with your loved ones waiting for you.

Driving in a state of stress or tiredness makes the driver less focused on the road resulting in increased recklessness and obliviousness to some dangers, hence making the journey more dangerous. The Holiday Season sees many car accidents – for example, on average 343 people die in traffic accidents each year during the 3-day Christmas celebration.

Thus, especially if you’re making a long-distance drive home make sure to be ready for it – be well rested, hydrated, plan several stops on the way to get some fresh air, stretch your legs and eat something nutritious. Do not assume other drivers will drive safely. Be mindful of reckless drivers.

What to plan ahead for?

This section can be almost infinite! There are so many things we should consider before making any journey in a vehicle – some of them are obvious to us and some can be so abstract that we do not relate to them. Hence, below I have listed 5 things that are of great importance when it comes to increasing your safety on your Holiday journey home, even if they sound obvious.

  • Preventative car maintenance – preferably have your car services before the journey, giving yourself enough time to potentially have to make some fixes, but at least check your oil, tyres, battery and breaks.

  • Plan for your trip to happen in daylight – provides better visibility and less likelihood to come across a driver under influence of alcohol and drugs.

  • Plan your route in detail, including an alternative route – should any unforeseeable instances occur.

  • Check road conditions –  prepare your car accordingly.
  • Be in good shape for a long drive – make sure you are well rested and stay hydrated. Plan several stops on the way to stretch your legs and eat something nutritious.

  • Ensure lack of distractions – do not drive in any state of distress, or when you are expecting to be contacted.

Doing these things prior to the journey can take a lot of pressure off your shoulders when making the journey and prepares you for safely taking another route, which might be longer.

I am a professional driver – how to prepare myself?

It is normal that the pressure from work and household duties gets too much sometimes, so don’t ignore it! You can be a risk to yourself too during the drive home and to others if you are a professional driver. So if the drive seems overwhelming, do not hesitate to take the DOT physical in Spring Hill with Lifeguard Urgent Care – act in time to make it home safely.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety states that 1 in 5 fatal crashes involve drowsy drivers, so BE WELL RESTED. The average adult should have around 8 hours of sleep every night to optimise their functions the next day. Think about this statistic a few days before your drive home, so you are not left with glooming deadlines the night before the drive that will hinder your sleep.

If you are involved in a car accident contact the auto-injury clinic in Spring Hill run by Lifeguard Urgent Care to help you manage your medical treatment.

There are so many things to do before Holidays starts, that planning your drive home in advance might just slip away. And sometimes things can be unavoidable, or unforeseeable, but do not worry! We will cover what to do on the road to increase your safety when driving home in Part 2 of Driving Home for Christmas and Holidays.

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The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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Daylight saving time, car accidents and urgent care

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On October 28, it was the time to “fall back” an hour. Although this gained hour is delightful for the day – an hour more sleep without even planning to! – it can wreak havoc on our routines (children’s routines, especially) and our safety!

Although the end of daylight saving time doesn’t have nearly the impact on our health as the start of it, studies show that there are statistically more car accidents in the two weeks after daylight saving time ends than in the two weeks before. Some doctors suspect it is because we overestimate how rested we are, but some think that it’s simply a function of earlier evenings.

When we fall back in October, suddenly we’re thrown into darkness an hour earlier. That overnight change has the biggest impact on the visibility of pedestrians and cyclists. While drivers knew when to expect them before, it is now dusk or already dark, and it can be hard from them to adjust and react.

Tips for avoiding car accidents – Car Accident Doctor Spring Hill

Lifeguard Urgent Care’s auto injury clinic in Spring Hill has a few tips for avoiding accidents year-round:

  1. Stay alert – Don’t assume that just because you drive a route every day, there can’t be surprises. It is when we drive on auto-pilot that problems go from being minor to disastrous – unexpected pedestrians, bicyclists without reflective gear, a dog running into the street. Especially during the time change, expect the unexpected and drive defensively.
  2. Slow down – The difference between an accident at 30 mph and 50 mph can be deadly. Higher speeds mean you have less time to react to an unexpected event. With more and more people on the road in Hernando County, you might think that there’s hardly an opportunity to speed. Of course there is! Speed is a top contributor to crashes, and those injured end up in our auto injury clinic Spring Hill, or worse.
  3. Cut out distractions – First, it was changing the dials on the radio that was dangerous, then it was changing the CD. In the ‘90s, we got mobile phones in the car, and in the ‘2000s, texting. As the years pass, it seems like all our devices just make us more unsafe. Well – if you use them incorrectly. We can’t emphasize it enough: Put away your phone. No calling, no texting, no photos, no Snaps, no Vines. Your life isn’t worth it.
  4. Get some sleep! – The week after the time change is the perfect time to establish a new routine. Take advantage of the early darkness and go to sleep one hour earlier. Not only will you be more productive at work, you’ll be safer on the road.

 

Our car accident doctor in Spring Hill sees drivers and passengers who have been involved in collisions every day. We want you to avoid it, but if you do get into accident, Lifeguard Urgent Care Spring Hill is available to help. Whether it’s whiplash that requires an X-ray or a broken bone, sprain, or contusion from the impact, our Spring Hill Urgent Care can treat it. We are open 7 days a week!

 

The material contained on this site is for informational purposes only and DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE PROVIDING OF MEDICAL ADVICE, and is not intended to be a substitute for independent professional medical judgment, advice, diagnosis, or treatment.  Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your health.

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