Why car accidents increase leading up to Christmas

Why car accidents increase leading up to Christmas

There is no doubt that the Christmas season is one of the most joyful times of the year. People are buying gifts, preparing different dishes and organising family get-togethers. However, there are times when Christmas is not really joyful for some people. The reason is simple – there are many more car accidents that happen right before, during and after this special time of year. Unfortunately, December 23rd and 24th are often the deadliest days of the year on the roads. Statistics show that drivers have up to 4 times more chance to be involved in a car accident during Christmas season compared to other periods of the year. This holiday has proven to be riskier when it comes to car accidents even more so than New Year’s Eve. To protect yourself and your family, it pays to examine the reasons that lead to these types of accidents during the Christmas season.

Driving while intoxicated

If we take a close look at the statistics, there is one indicator that is involved in most of the car accidents during this holiday. Namely, it turns out that four out of ten fatalities over this period relates to car accidents that include at least one drunk driver. This is a season when people are relaxed and want to celebrate and unfortunately many people are drinking alcohol and taking risks on the roads. Even though the vast majority of drivers know that they should not drink and drive, some believe that having a few drinks won’t affect their driving abilities. To avoid this problem, you should always make a plan about who will be driving after a particular celebration. And of course, you can also call a cab or use public transport.

Increased number of vehicles on the roads

There are significantly more vehicles on the roads throughout the UK during the Christmas period. This is another reason why the chances of car accidents are increased significantly. Shopping, visiting family members out of town, bad weather – these are just some of the reasons why more people are driving their cars and doing do more frequently. Try to walk wherever you can, use public transport or taxis and plan ahead so that you don’t get caught up at peak times.


Christmas can be quite stressful for many people because they have to balance their work, think about Christmas shopping, and get ready for family visits etc. Stress makes drivers reckless and this is why some car accidents occur. Try to organize your time in a better way and find a way to relax before entering your car. We know it’s easier said than done but rushing here, there and everywhere is a recipe for trouble so planning and staggering the various journeys you have to do is sensible.

Improper car maintenance

Unfortunately, many people skip regular car service and maintenance so they can use this money to buy gifts and have a good time during Christmas season. This is foolhardy because the safety of your vehicle should be your top priority (especially if you are planning to use it during this period). Don’t skimp on car maintenance…you may regret it later.

Follow these tips and drive safely this Christmas!

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