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The Dangers of Driving During Holidays

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The Dangers of Driving During Holidays

Alanna Golden

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Driving for the holidays is a very common thing to do around the world, the only issue is, it can be very dangerous for not only yourself, but your whole family.

People come together all the time for holidays, whether it’s by plane, car, or train, although some options are slightly safer than others. I’m just going to address driving for now, because I feel that it’s the scariest one to have to deal with. Especially when the weather begins to get a bit too aggressive.

On November 25 2018 a strong snowstorm came in, effecting quite a few of the states. Many people found it too dangerous to even fly, not to mention driving on the road with thousands of strangers. Drivers couldn’t even see through their windshields because of the harsh blow that was coming at them. Many of them had to pull over and stay at a hotel to wait out the storm, and hope it was better the next day.

Snow is often related to as calm, or delicate, while once it turns to ice, this is a whole new story. It becomes harsh and slip, and can be the cause for wrecks, even death during any time of the year. Because of this danger, a lot of people prefer taking a plane, although that can end up being very costly towards them.

The idea of getting to meet up with your family and see how they all are doing is really one of the best feelings you could get after years of not being around them. Because of this, people use Thanksgiving as a perfect opportunity to meet up with their family all over the country. This also means the roads are going to be more dangerous, because you can’t ever trust that the person driving with you is a good driver. Being alert and safe is a good tool, but when it’s icy, it almost doesn’t matter.

The ice can take out the most prepared drivers, making them slip and slide across the road. Because of this, it wouldn’t seem wise to ask to meet up with your family if they have the likelihood of getting harmed in the process.

I wouldn’t want to discourage meeting up with family, because it’s an important thing to know and be around people you can trust. If a holiday week is too dangerous on the roads, don’t drive. It could cause a lot of damage, because so many wrecks happened over the break.

Simply driving back from Wisconsin, I saw over twenty five cars lined up on the side of the roads. Even a tow truck was pulled over, because it slid into a ditch. This can drastically effect shipping, where those large Semi-trucks are driving about just to deliver a package or two.

They don’t have a choice in the manner, whether they drive or not, but I feel like if you can avoid getting hurt, it’s best to avoid such situations.

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