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With Thanksgiving coming up, many families are arranging their holiday travel and plans. With the COVID-19 pandemic, many families are choosing to drive to their destinations rather than fly, to limit exposure to people who may have the virus.

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If you will be driving during the holiday weekend, there are several things you’ll want to do to reduce your risk of car collisions in Homestead and at your destination:

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Most of us consider car collisions in Homestead and across Florida to be caused by driver error, mechanical failure, and other issues. While it is certainly true these are major contributors to and causes of traffic accidents, studies have also shown that our moods can have a significant impact on our risk of car accidents.

A bad mood, for example, can lead to road rage. Uncontrollable anger can lead to speeding, aggressive driving, weaving in and out of lanes, and other dangerous behaviors which can lead to a collision, especially if you’re driving on busy city streets. In addition, road rage can lead to confrontations with other drivers, which can lead to collisions.

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Car accidents in Homestead and across South Florida can occur for any number of reasons, including drunk driving, distraction, driver error, and more. These collisions can cause serious injuries, including spinal cord trauma, traumatic brain injuries, facial injuries, and even fatalities.

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Fortunately, there are many ways you can avoid car accidents from happening in your community:

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Halloween is a fun time for children and adults alike to dress up and enjoy some candy. Unfortunately, while trick-or-treating may be less common this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some children are still sick trick-or-treating. In addition, people may be heading out for parties and events. Many communities in South Florida are creating their own rules for having a spooky yet safe holiday.

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In addition to the risk of the pandemic, Halloween does come with its risk of car collisions. To avoid them, you will want to:

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A study published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association studied federal election days between 1976 and 2007 and found that car collisions are more common during the voting hours on election day. In fact, 800 more people sustain serious injury and 24 more people sustain fatal injuries during voting hours on election day when compared with any other Tuesday during the months of November and October.

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There are many types of car accidents which can occur on election day in Hollywood and across South Florida:

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Young drivers are often safe drivers. Their training is still fresh in their minds and they are still learning so most drivers who are younger are taking driving seriously. That said, they also have less experience than more seasoned motorists and younger drivers may face more peer pressure from their similarly aged passengers. There are five ways you can help your teen avoid car accidents and traffic collisions in Hollywood and in surrounding areas:

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Many teenagers right now are feeling a little bit restless, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic has cancelled many activities, classes, and even get-togethers. As a result, teenagers with drivers’ licenses may be driving more as a way to have something to do, and this extra time on the road can pose additional hazards.

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If your children are bored and driving over longer distances, they may be taking more risks and simply being on the road for a longer can mean a higher risk of car accidents and injuries. For these reasons, right now is an excellent time to talk to your children about driving safely. You may want to talk about:

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Seniors can be very safe drivers. They have years of experience behind the wheel and they are less likely to take part in dangerous driving or risky behaviors. That said, seniors do face additional challenges. They may develop medical conditions which affect their mobility driving ability, for example. The roads and even technology in cars may have also changed significantly since the they last received formal driving instruction.

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For many families, it’s a difficult conversation to have: when should mom or dad give up their car keys? For many seniors, giving up their car keys is a serious worry because it affects their independence. If you as a family are having this discussion, there are a few things you can do to help keep your senior family member safer:

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The back-to-school routine and morning commute can always feel hectic. Car accidents in Homestead and across southern Florida often occur during the morning commute, thanks to a combination of distraction, fatigue, rushing, and the general chaos of the morning hour. This year, the back-to-school driving routine can become even riskier because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is because:

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Being in a car crash in Homestead with one vehicle is intimidating, but being in a chain reaction crash or multi-vehicle collision can be even more confusing and dangerous. Chain reaction accidents can happen on highways, at intersections, and during traffic accidents.

Multi-vehicle crashes can lead to more serious injuries. There may be multiple points of impact. Some cars in the center may have passengers trapped inside. All of this can increase the risk of burn injuries, amputations, head injuries, and other serious injuries. Each time your car is impacted in a crash, you may sustain an injury.

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