Two of the three year-end holidays are in the rear-view mirror, but perhaps the wildest, most perilous one is still ahead. Thanksgiving and Christmas are behind us, but New Year’s Eve – the most notorious drinking holiday of them all – is just a few days away.
We all know that there are added risks to winter driving that can easily cause a devastating accident. Besides dealing with snow, ice, sleet and extreme cold, there are other factors that go into making winter driving so dangerous. Here are some circumstances around winter driving that you may not always be thinking of but can make you much safer until spring returns.
It’s the time of year when we are focused more than ever on our families and friends. Holidays bring Americans together across political, religious and cultural divides. The easiest way for most of us in the St. Louis metro to go and visit those who are important to us is to get in our cars, pick-ups and SUVs and drive there.
We’ve all seen it while out on the roads – the driver in the car next to us is texting. Distracted driving and the casualties it causes are an issue we continually hear about. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the use of electronic devices while driving is the leading cause of motor vehicle crashes.
While much media attention has been rightly focused on the dangers posed to motorists by distracted drivers, there is little doubt that impaired drivers remain the most dangerous people behind the wheel. At this time of year, when weather and holiday travel combine to increase risks of motor vehicle crashes that result in injuries and fatalities, it’s good to know that the Missouri State Highway Patrol continues to offer assistance to people whose lives have been affected by impaired drivers.
The 32-year-old nurse and mother of two was working extra shifts at St. Louis University Hospital, determined to buy holiday presents for her children. But as the hard-working mom was driving to work this past weekend, she was killed in a traffic crash.