Thanksgiving Travel Safety
Last year, 54 million people drove more than 50 miles to reach their Thanksgiving destination. With inclement weather and congested roadways throughout the country, it is no surprise that many find their holiday drive more taxing than relaxing. In fact, according to a recent Esurance survey, one-quarter of respondents would rather skip the big meal than make the drive to a friend or family member’s home for the holiday. However, there are steps you can take to help make your Thanksgiving travels safe, enjoyable, and stress-free.
Tips for a Safe Thanksgiving Trip
- Service your vehicle: Make sure your car or truck is well-maintained before you hit the road. Top off your fluids, make sure the tires are properly inflated, and schedule a routine inspection to ensure every part and system is in good working order to prevent breakdowns.
- Check the weather: Weather patterns can change suddenly and drastically from one region of the state to another. Check the forecasted weather along your entire route to eliminate any unwanted surprises. If you are venturing into colder weather, make sure your vehicle has been fully winterized. Getting stuck in freezing temperatures far from home is never ideal.
- Take your time: While you are probably excited to see your loved ones and finish your long drive, speeding leads to possible traffic tickets, run-ins with other drivers, and more importantly, serious accidents. Obey the speed limit and give yourself plenty of time to arrive safe.
- Do not forget to rest: Drowsy driving is just as dangerous as drunk driving and distracted driving. Learn the signs of fatigue and pull over when you are too tired to continue. The time you spend resting in a safe place may just save your life.
- Keep an emergency kit on board: It is impossible to predict what your trip will bring. For that reason, it is always a good idea to keep a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle all year round. Should you get lost or have an accident, packing water, non-perishable snacks, flares, blankets, bandages, and a flashlight can keep you safe until help arrives.
Thanksgiving is a time for loved ones near and far to gather and make memories. It only takes a bit of preparation and planning to make your road trip a safe and enjoyable adventure for all.
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