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Holiday Driving: Dangerous Days to Be Behind the Wheel

Do you know which days are the most dangerous for drivers? According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, more fatal crashes happen on popular holidays.
Date Posted: June 5, 2021

The Most Dangerous Holidays for Drivers

According to the U.S. DOT, holidays are often the deadliest days to be behind the wheel. Holidays have a higher risk because more drivers are under the influence of alcohol and cause fatal crashes. 

 1) Thanksgiving Day

  • 417 Fatalities in 2019
  • 517 Average annual fatalities since 1990

2) Independence Day

  • 515 Fatalities in 2019
  • 482 Average annual fatalities since 1990

3) Labor Day

  • 451 Fatalities in 2019
  • 476 Average annual fatalities since 1990


4) Memorial Day

  • 465 Fatalities in 2019
  • 464 Average annual fatalities since 1990

5) New Years Day

  • 437 Fatalities in 2019
  • 381 Average annual fatalities since 1990

6) Christmas Day

  • 140 Fatalities in 2019
  • 364 Average annual fatalities since 1990

It’s important to stay safe during holiday travel and every day you’re behind the wheel. Protect yourself and your passengers by planning a safe ride home and always wear a seat belt. If you witness an impaired driver, contact your local law enforcement.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Traffic Safety Facts Annual Report (2021).

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