Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Avoid Holiday Season Distractions Behind the Wheel

‘Tis the season of multitasking: Mixing the cookie batter with one hand while trying to address holiday cards and wrap presents with the other.  While the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year, it can also be the most stressful.

Drivers are faced with the added distractions of holiday music, traffic jams, and congested mall parking lots and other shopping areas with pedestrians and moving vehicles. With so many things to do, and so little time to do it, it’s no wonder why we try to multitask while driving.

Allstate has conducted extensive research, which has found that eliminating distractions in the car can help drivers avoid accidents and ultimately save lives. Texting, talking on the phone, changing the radio, eating, putting on makeup and joking around with friends all increase the odds of a crash.

Can you imagine if everyone invited these distractions in during the holidays? Multitask a little less, and keep the roads safer.

Don’t let distractions ruin your holiday spirit this season. Here at Allstate we encourage you to practice caution behind the wheel. We know accidents happen, but that shouldn’t get you down.

Here are some good driver safety tips from Allstate:

·                     Keep your eyes on the road.

·                     Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

·                     Do not eat while driving

·                     Do not apply cosmetics or groom if you are behind the wheel.

·                     Pull over if you feel drowsy.

For more information on these or any other safety tips, please contact me at 516-799-6900, 845-229-6109 or via email at robertzabbia@allstate.com.