Morning commutes have always been hectic, but during the pandemic, they’ve become even more complicated. When everyone was working from home, it wasn’t as bad, but now that offices and schools are reopening, the chaos has returned with a vengeance. Accidents are common during the morning commute hours, so it’s no surprise we’ve been hit with a recent spike. In this article, we’ll go over some of the reasons why chaotic mornings cause more car accidents, as well as what to do if you are in one.
So Many Moving Pieces
Not only are you trying to get your family out the door early in the morning, but so is everyone else. Children have school, parents have work, everyone has somewhere important to be. More cars on the road are bound to lead to more accidents. With the coronavirus pandemic, more parents are driving their kids to school instead of having them take the bus which leads to even more congestion than before. In addition, to more school driving, morning routines now have to start earlier and include more steps. Temperatures and other symptoms have to be checked, and school driving may include multiple schools for different aged children.
Fatigue and Distractions
Perhaps unsurprisingly, one of the biggest causes of car accidents is distracted driving, closely followed by fatigue. With many families having to start their day earlier, fatigue is even more important to pay attention to than before the pandemic. Make sure you’re paying attention to how much sleep you’re getting and try to find a steady school driving routine that works for your family so that the morning feels less hectic.
All the extra steps in post-pandemic morning commutes can also lead to more distractions. Especially if you’re family is a bit disorganized, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Finding a consistent routine is key to keeping things running smoothly.
Steps to Stay Safe
The last thing you want to be in the morning is panicked. Planning out the steps of your morning routine in advance can help reduce this feeling. If possible, have parents alternate taking the kids to school so that everyone feels less overwhelmed. There are some risks of the road that are out of your control, but getting enough sleep, and having a step-by-step morning and school driving plan for your family can go a long way to reducing your likelihood of causing a car accident.
What to do if You are in a Car Accident
Even with the best planning, sometimes accidents do happen. It’s important to have a plan in place in case one that wasn’t your fault happens. If you or a loved one has been in a car accident caused by another party’s negligence in Tampa, you can visit Rojas Law Group for a free case review. There’s no fee unless you win your case, and each and every case is given personal attention, so you have the best chance of winning. Call (813)-879-2223 or visit their website to find out more. A car accident can be a serious thing, and no one should be left alone to deal with one.
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