Thanksgiving Travels

thanksgivingfamily-112315The holiday season brings more traffic and the potential for more car accidents.  Many people are traveling to see loved ones and share precious time together, so the roads become more congested and more precarious.  Thanksgiving is one such holiday.  According to AAA, about 46.9 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles this year to enjoy their Thanksgiving meals.  The official travel period for Thanksgiving begins Wednesday, November 25 and continues through Sunday, November 29.  Of the 46.9 million travelers, AAA estimates that about 42 million of them will be driving their cars to get to their destinations.

The increase of drivers on the road increases the potential for car accidents and injuries.  More distractions are also present as families try to coordinate their travels, make their perfect Thanksgiving feasts, and enjoy the company of their loved ones.  It is important to stay focused while driving during the Thanksgiving holiday as it has proven to be one of the more deadly holidays for drivers.  According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2013, 410 people were killed in car accidents during the Thanksgiving holiday and about 41% of those car accidents involved a drunk driver.

Thanksgiving is a time of joy and should be spent in the company of friends and family, so arriving at your destination safely is essential.  What can you do to make sure you arrive safely and avoid a car accident?

  • Be well rested before you start your journey and take breaks if necessary
  • Always wear you seat belt and make sure your passengers do as well
  • Put down any distractions, especially cell phones
  • Keep your eyes on the road at all times
  • Be prepared for the increase in traffic and potential delays
  • Follow the posted speed limits
  • Watch out for aggressive drivers
  • Have a designated driver if consuming alcohol
  • Follow the rules of the road

Follow these travel tips during the Thanksgiving holiday to arrive at your destination safely, enjoy the time with your family, and return home safely.

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