Research studies have shown that there is a sharp increase in traffic accidents during the spring break holiday. From the last week in February to the first week in April there is a significant spike in traffic fatalities located in common spring break destination spots. Miami Beach, South Padre Island, Sand Diego, Las Vegas, and Panama City Beach are all spring break destinations spots that experience a significant increase in traffic accidents. Researchers were able to determine this phenomena by studying mortality rates in spring break locations and comparing them to non-spring break destinations. They also observed these patterns during non-spring break times and determined that rates were indeed higher during the months of February to April. Automobile accidents can happen to anyone and occur at anytime. Although there are preventative measures you can take such as proper car maintenance to protect yourself on the road, uncontrollable factors do exist. You may not always be able to predict mishaps on the road, but you can reduce the likelihood of being involved in an accident. The following tips can help keep you off the road and prevent a potential incident.

Select air travel over driving

Although air traveling may be more experience than driving, it remains the safest method of transportation. Airplane crashes occur less frequently then automobile accidents. When traveling on an aircraft you do not need to be concerned about reckless drivers or pedestrians. If possible, search for airline tickets in advance. As your trip approaches airline tickets become pricier, but looking months in advance can save you a few hundred dollars.

Ride share services

The introduction of ride share services such as Uber, Lyft, and Car2Go is an ideal method of travel. Once you get to your destination search for available ride share services. Ride share services mean less vehicles on the road, less vehicles on the road mean less potential traffic fatalities. If you plan to drink at all during your trip it is recommended you designate a driver or contact a Lyft or Uber driver.

Walking

When possible completely ditch all vehicles and commit to walking. Of course walking to your destinations may not always be possible during your trip, but when it is a viable option do so. If bars or restaurants are within walking distance from your hotel, slip on some comfortable shoes and walk there. More walking means less driving, which also means less vehicles on the road. It is important to remember that as a pedestrian there are still traffic laws you must follow. Never assume you can outrun a vehicle or that it will stop for you to cross. Drivers on the road can be extremely unpredictable. Always cross at designated crosswalks and never assume vehicles can see you.

By following the listed tips you can reduce the number of vehicles on the road, which reduces the likelihood of a traffic fatality occurring. If you have been involved in accident at the hands of a negligent driver, an Austin car accident lawyer at Byrd Davis Alden & Henrichson, LLP. can help.