Once again, Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means millions will be taking to the roads to enjoy some food and fun with family members and friends. But, every year, thousands of people are killed or seriously injured on the roads during Thanksgiving weekend. To help ensure you enjoy your Turkey Day safely, use these helpful driving tips to avoid a potential auto collision.
Driver Sober, or Get Pulled Over
Even though alcohol-related auto collision fatalities have dropped a bit within the last decade, traffic accidents caused by drunk drivers are still very high. As sad as it is, accidents involving drug or alcohol-impaired drivers are very frequent, so please do not operate a motor vehicle while under the influence. If you are too drunk to drive, be sure to call for a ride or ask a friend or family member for help; because it’s the holiday season, they more than likely will.
In anticipation of much more traffic congestion and auto collision accidents, try to plan accordingly for your trip. Here are a few ways to do so:
- Look at the weather report for poor driving conditions. Be sure to do this a few days in advance. For both your route to your destination and for your destination itself.
- Get plenty of rest before you drive, and take breaks if needed.
- Have an alternate route ready if your original route gets backed up. Traffic will be horrendous at certain times of the day.
- Avoid the busiest travel times, like the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and Sunday afternoon.
Wear That Seat Belt
This should also be given, but many fail to wear their seatbelts still to this date. “Click it or ticket” laws are enforced because they save lives in the event of an auto collision. Make sure your children are correctly buckled up in a child safety seat before going on your journey.
Avoid Road Rage
As pleasant as the holiday season is, it’s also very easy to get agitated. Holiday traffic is one of the main culprits. Don’t let your frustration carry over into your driving. This means obeying speed limits, especially in construction zones and windier, smaller roads. Adjust your speed if you’re driving in poor weather conditions, like on snow and ice. If you begin to get angry while driving, pull over, and let someone else drive for a bit.
Drop By Liberty Collision Today!
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