Over 54 million drivers will hit the road over Thanksgiving weekend to visit with their families and friends in celebration of the national holiday. With an increased number of cars on the road, drivers, passengers, and pedestrians are at greater risk for being involved in a car accident resulting in serious physical injuries. By following the traffic tips set forth below, drivers can avoid becoming another car accident statistic this holiday season.
Distracted driving is a leading cause of car wrecks at any time of the year. With stress at a high around the holidays, even the smallest distractions can become disastrous. Some of the most common driving distractions include texting or talking on cell phones while driving, dealing with misbehaving children (including turning around to break up children’s squabbles), eating and drinking while driving and adjusting car radio or temperature control dials. Drivers should keep their eyes on the road in front of them the entire car trip and pull over when it is necessary to use their cell phone or interact with child passengers.
Anticipate Travel Delays
Another common cause of car accidents is speeding. When drivers fear they are running late for a holiday dinner like Thanksgiving, speeding often occurs. As Thanksgiving is one of the heaviest travel days of the year, drivers should anticipate traffic and other travel delays and plan accordingly. Drivers should leave themselves plenty of time to arrive at the destination without the need to break speed limits. Some drivers choose alternative travel days to avoid being on the road during peak travel days like Thanksgiving and the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.
Prepare for Weather Conditions
Drivers should always check current forecasts to determine if weather will be a factor in their driving plans. Dangerous road condition such as black ice or limited visibility due to snow or wind storms will negatively affect driving. Drivers should have proper winter gear in their car including gloves and blankets for those occasions when there is an accident and a driver and passengers must wait for help to arrive. When examining weather conditions, drivers also should be aware of any extra weight that the car is bearing due to holiday packing. If oversized luggage or gear is weighing a car down, it may be unable to perform optimally under certain weather conditions.
Take Safety Precautions
Drivers and their passengers should always wear seatbelts and follow traffic safety rules especially when driving long distances. If an accident were to occur, wearing a seatbelt could be the difference between a minor injury and a serious injury or even death. Young children should be using properly installed car seats and pets should be adequately secured in the vehicle. Checking to make sure the vehicle has been properly maintained with adequate amounts of gasoline, oil, windshield wiper fluid, brake fluid and air in the tires also can help prevent car accidents. Turn signals, brake lights and head lights should be functioning properly before beginning a holiday road trip. If a service light is illuminated on the car’s dashboard, have the car checked out by a certified mechanic to make sure everything is safe before leaving for your destination.
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