With the holidays upon us, many people will take to the roads to visit family and friends. Unfortunately, it is also a popular season for vehicle accidents. On today’s First Aid Friday, we spoke with Nathan Harig of Cumberland Goodwill EMS about what you can do to stay safe as you go over the river and through the woods this holiday season.
“The U.S. National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism found that the number of traffic-related deaths involving drunk drivers ticks up about 12% on Christmas and New Year’s. Social binge drinking at parties also is common this time of year, which leads to an increase of DUI arrests between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. US adults, often men aged 21-34, drive alcohol impaired at least 112 million times a year. Car accidents are a leading cause of death for everyone aged 5-34, and 1 in 3 of these crashes are due to a drunk driver. Even after 2 drinks, your decision making skills start to slow down- so if you are going to celebrate the holiday, make sure you celebrate it responsibly and have safe transportation home,” expresses Harig.
“Now is the time to make sure your fluids are full on your vehicle, replace any wipers that may be streaking, check your heater and defroster, replace any headlight bulbs, and make sure your tires are inflated and have good tread depth. When the ice and snow does come- slow down, take your time, and drive safely no matter what the weather.”
To learn more, watch our video above of visit CumberlandGoodwill.org.