The AAA projects that an astonishing 55.4 million will drive more than 50 for Thanksgiving, a 2.3 percent increase from last year. This is the third-highest Thanksgiving travel forecast since 2000. These high numbers mean that severe car accidents are likely to happen. Driving tips for Thanksgiving can help you prevent being injured in an accident. Some helpful tips are listed below.
Buckle Up Your Seat Belt
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2021, about 50 percent of people who lost their lives in crashes were not wearing seat belts. Remember to buckle up before driving, which applies to every person in the vehicle. If you use car seats and boosters, ensure they are appropriate for the child’s age and installed correctly.
Allow Extra Travel Time
Traffic patterns are unpredictable, especially during the holiday season, so leave early. It is also wise to avoid the busiest travel times, like Thanksgiving morning and afternoon and all day on Sunday.
Set up the GPS before leaving, and listen to local traffic and weather reports. If inclement weather is predicted, you can leave a day early and come home a day later.
Perform Vehicle Maintenance
It is important to perform vehicle maintenance before traveling, like refilling wiper fluid and checking the oil and tires. This can be done at home or a service station. Plan to do this as soon as possible.
Do Not Drive Under the Influence
Some people will overindulge during the holidays, including on Thanksgiving and Thanksgiving Eve, also known as Blackout Wednesday. Plan to stay overnight or have a designated driver if you plan to drink. If you encounter intoxicated drivers during the road trip, safely move as far away from them as possible. Have a passenger call 911 to report them or pull over somewhere safe to do so.
Make Sure to Be Well Rested
Drowsy drivers can exhibit the same symptoms as intoxicated drivers; examples include falling asleep at the wheel or drifting into lanes. Add rest stops onto your route if needed. A cup of coffee and a light meal can also wake you up before returning to the road. Your passengers can also drive while you take a break.
Do Not Use Your Cell Phone While Driving
Texting is one of the most dangerous driving distractions since it requires using your hands, eyes, and mind. Being hands-free while texting or talking also takes attention away from the road.
Put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode if possible. Pull over somewhere safe if you must text or call someone or adjust your GPS, or you can have a passenger do it for you.
Monmouth County Car Accident Lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams Can Help You After a Crash
It is important to always be a safe driver, especially during the holiday season. If you have been injured in a crash, speak with a Monmouth County car accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Michael S. Williams. Call us at 732-351-2800 or complete our online form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. We have offices in Tinton Falls and New Brunswick, New Jersey. We serve clients in the Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, Middlesex County, and Monmouth County areas and throughout the state.