Why Thanksgiving Is the Worst Holiday To Be on the Road
Thanksgiving represents the best of times and the worst of times when it rolls around each November.
The upside? Getting together with family (depending on your family) and enjoying some delicious food.
The downside? Getting together with family (depending on your family) and the prospect of having to travel.
New research from Zutobi confirms that hitting the road, especially for Turkey Day, can be quite dangerous.
In fact, based on numbers from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Thanksgiving weekend is the deadliest holiday travel period each year on America's roads.
Over the past five years, there have been 2,414 traffic fatalities in the nation during the Thanksgiving holiday.
The leading cause of those accidents was drunk/impaired driving, which accounted for 34 percent of all of the deaths (821).
Speeding was responsible for nearly 29 percent of the fatalities (695).
DEADLIEST HOLIDAYS ON AMERICAN ROADS (2016-2020)
- Thanksgiving - 2,414 fatalities
- Fourth of July - 2,263 fatalities
- Labor Day - 2,255 fatalities
- Memorial Day - 2,161 fatalities
- Christmas - 1,639 fatalities