Thanksgiving Travel Safety

Thanksgiving is only a few days away, which means millions of travelers will be hitting the road. AAA estimates that over 54 million people are expected to be traveling this Thanksgiving. They also expect to rescue over 300,000 motorists along the roadside this Thanksgiving. With so many people on the road, and with the potential for a winter storm, it is important to stay safe.

Tips for Staying Safe on the Road

Planning ahead is the best way to avoid accidents while traveling. The following are a few tips to stay safe this Thanksgiving:

  • Make sure your vehicle is ready for long distance travel. Perform a short maintenance check that includes checking your car battery, tire pressure, and wiper blades.
  • Have an emergency kit packed in your car that contains a flashlight, blanket, first aid kit, bottled water, and jumper cables.
  • Avoid extreme weather conditions, such as ice, snow, hail, and heavy rain that can make road conditions difficult to navigate. It is best to avoid traveling in extreme weather conditions.
  • Avoid speeding, especially during bad weather conditions. Take your time when driving and do not pass other vehicles if the road is already congested. If you are worried about running late or hitting traffic, try to leave early to get to your destination on time.
  • Be sure to take a break at least every two hours to help you stay alert and aware.
  • Avoid distractions and keep your eyes on the road while operating a moving vehicle. Distractions are a major cause of car accidents. Avoid using your cellphone when driving, as well as eating big meals, and having distracting conversations with passengers.
  • Seat belts reduce your risk of serious injury by about 45 percent, so it is vital to always buckle up before driving.
  • Pay attention to the vehicles in front of you. Traveling at a safe distance behind vehicles reduces your risk of hitting them if they make a sudden stop.
  • Driving while fatigued impairs your ability to drive the same way alcohol impairs the mind. Be sure to get a good night’s sleep before traveling behind the wheel.
  • Remove ice and snow from your vehicle to have clear visibility before driving. It is also important to clean snow off your vehicle so that it does not hit other cars while driving.

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