The holidays can be a wonderful time to connect with family and spend time with those you hold dear, but the holiday season is also a dangerous time to be on the road. An influx of drivers takes to the roadway around Thanksgiving and Christmas to travel, shop and attend special events, and commercial truckers, too, take to the roadway in droves around this time every year.
Many truckers employed by some of the nation’s largest delivery companies work long hours during the holiday season, and some trucking companies also employ new drivers to keep up with customer demand that always climbs toward the end of the year. This influx of new, and to some degree, less-experienced drivers working long hours means motorists like you are at an enhanced risk of an accident with a commercial truck around the holidays, and here are some of the reasons why.
Truckers have fatigue
Even in the middle of the summer, commercial truckers often must meet tight deadlines. This can lead many truck drivers to forgo rest in favor of logging long hours and getting the job done faster, but doing so endangers you and everyone else on the roadway.
Truckers are eating poorly in their vehicles
Because the demands many truck drivers face increase around the holidays, many truckers try and save time by eating behind the wheel, and often, the food readily available to them is not particularly nutritious. Consuming poor-quality food on the road, however, can make semi-truck drivers tired, drained and more prone to accidents.
Truckers are making fewer stops
Having even more to deliver during the holiday season means truckers are even less likely than usual to make stops and recharge their batteries. Failing to do so when necessary, however, can lead to tunnel vision and related problems, which in turn can lead to more collisions.
While it is always smart to remain highly aware of your surroundings on the road, it may prove wise to be particularly vigilant around Thanksgiving and Christmas.