Whether they’re celebrating all the family togetherness or trying to avoid it, Americans drink a lot during the entire Thanksgiving weekend. Even restaurants and bars are gearing up for the annual pre-Thanksgiving drink fest that’s sometimes nicknamed “Blackout Wednesday.”
People aren’t even particularly shy about admitting that they tend to binge drink on and around Thanksgiving, with 18.9% of women and 37.9% of men willing to acknowledge that they will have four or more drinks during the holiday.
So, how do you protect yourself from all the drunks on the road during that time?
4 things you can do to guard against a drunk driving accident
First, you naturally never want to get behind the wheel yourself after drinking — even if you’ve only had a single glass. Anything that could potentially dull your reflexes or make you tired could impair your reaction times on their road or leave you distracted.
In addition, here are some tips you can use to stay safer:
- Buckle up. It seems like a small thing, but your odds of walking away after a serious accident dramatically increase if you’re wearing your seatbelt.
- Avoid danger zones. The closer you are to the local bar or restaurant area, the more likely you’re going to encounter a holiday drunk. Take a different route when you can.
- Choose your traveling times carefully: If at all possible, avoid traveling around the time that the bars let out. That reduces the chances that you’ll be on the road with the worst offenders.
- Stay back: If you spot a driver that’s weaving, starting and stopping or otherwise driving erratically, fall back. If possible, pull over and call 911 to report the problem.
If you do get into a crash with a drunk driver this holiday season, find out more about your right to compensation from the at-fault driver.