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Driving risks and the holidays

The holidays present a number of risks for drivers in California. Many people travel to visit friends and families, and the sheer volume of other drivers on the road during this time can lead to an increase in accidents. You should take care driving at any time, but especially at the end of the year. 

The National Safety Council offers some helpful hints for driving during the holidays. Prepare for heavier traffic than normal, with people out and about shopping or attending festivities. This means giving yourself extra time to get to your destination and driving defensively. It is especially important during this time to keep all distractions to a minimum.

Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve, impaired driving and arrests due to this increase dramatically. Keep in mind you may feel ok to drive but your alcohol level may tell a different story. Do not chance it and always use a designated driver or a driving service.

Parking lots at shopping malls and grocery stores are very busy during this time of year, and Statefarm discusses what to do if you get into an accident in a parking lot. If you bump into or scrape a parked and unoccupied vehicle, it is best if you can get in touch with the driver. If this is not possible, leave a note with your contact and insurance information. It is also a good idea to take a picture of both the damage and the license plate.  

If you are the victim and no one is around to take blame, call your insurance agent and even the police if the damage is significant. There may be a security camera recording or witnesses that can help determine who is at fault.


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