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Why do car accidents increase after the Big Game?

With the big game coming up soon, you are likely feeling a lot of excitement. Not only are you looking forward to watching the game, but the parties are always fun, too. Unfortunately, you may be in danger of getting in a car crash once everything is over.

According to researchers, there is a 41 percent spike in car accidents during the aftermath of the Super Bowl. Alarmingly, the first hour after the end of the game sees an increase of 70 percent. Here is why you should stay alert if you drive after the Super Bowl.

Alcohol

One of the major contributing factors to this increase in accidents is intoxication. It is no secret that a lot of people drink before, during and after the big game. From joyous tailgating to sorrowful losses, alcohol consumption plays a dangerous role on Super Bowl Sunday. 

Distractions

A lot of motorists also deal with distractions right after the big game ends. Of course, the typical distractions of cell phone use and conversations are common. However, emotional distraction is a concern as well. Drivers who feel elated because of a win or disappointed by a loss may not pay attention to the road enough to drive safely. 

Fatigue

Super Bowl games often go late, especially if they go into overtime. Even when the game ends early, parties often go well into the night. Tired drivers are everywhere on the roads after the game. 

Whether going to a sports bar or a friend's house, it is vital to be as vigilant as possible when driving home after the game. Signs of drivers who may be drunk, inattentive or tired include:

  • Erratic braking
  • Failing to use headlights
  • Turning illegally
  • Making unusually wide turns
  • Nearly hitting vehicles or other objects
  • Swerving or weaving

While you may not have the ability to control or predict how other drivers behave, you can vow to be as safe and observant as possible.

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