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Holiday Traffic

05 Dec Blog | Comments

There is traffic and then there is holiday traffic. Traffic gets busy sometimes for periods of time. For example, rush hour traffic, you know in the mornings and again in the evening there are times where you will run into more traffic. Some people find alternate routes or try to leave before the traffic hits. Holiday traffic is a bit different.

Holiday traffic is different because there are many more factors involved.

  • More Stress – The holidays in general are more stressful. People who don’t normally spend a lot of time together could be spending days with each other. Families tend to get on each other’s nerves even though they love each other. This can create higher levels of stress.
  • Less Sleep – People trying to get everything done before and during the holidays may push folks to get less sleep. People who are running on less sleep tend to have shorter fuses. A person who may normally be able to handle stress and chaos, may lose his or her patience a little faster.
  • Short Window – Many people only get a few days of vacation at holidays, or none at all. They have to make the most of the little bit of time they get, so they may push boundaries. They may sleep less, driver faster, or push themselves when they should really stop to rest.
  • Road Rage – The stress that was mentioned earlier can definitely translate onto the road. People who are stressed out do not have the same level of patience they normally do. A person who might not normally be bothered by someone not using their turn signal, but could get very angry under holiday stress.
  • Traveling – Driving during the holidays is more challenging because everyone is trying to get their list checked off. People are in a hurry and may drive less defensively because they are distracted.

Holiday traffic can be tricky because it is not very predictable. If you are traveling long distances you could drive for 3 or 4 hours and run into nothing and then get stuck in wall to wall traffic for an hour. Driving is challenging day to day, but holiday driving can be unnerving.

So, how does a person survive driving during the holidays?

  • If you are traveling far distances stop often and take breaks. It is also a good idea to break up your trip over a couple days, if possible.
  • If you are driving locally, and you live near a shopping plaza, try to run your errands before or after the peak times.
  • If you are traveling to see family, remember they may drive you a little crazy, but getting to them alive is the ultimate goal, so don’t text and drive. Remember losing your temper doesn’t help anyone. If you end up in an accident you won’t get to see those “crazy” family members that you really do love.

Holiday traveling can be very stressful, but getting to have time with your family is really worth the time and stress of driving during the holidays!


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