With the Thanksgiving holiday just around the corner, the roads will see an increase in traffic as people travel to see their friends and families or get away for vacation. Thanksgiving is not only a busy travel time, but it is right on the cusp of the winter season. Travel during this time always comes hand in hand with the risk of uncertain weather.
Here are a few tips for driving safely this Thanksgiving weekend:
Prepare Your Car
It's too easy in the hustle and bustle of the season to forget to prepare your car for travel, but it's worth getting that last-minute inspection to ensure you don't have any unexpected problems on the road. This is also a great time to find your ice scrapers, check your tire pressure, and stock your car with emergency supplies for the winter ahead.
Leave Extra Time for Traveling
When you start your trip, leave extra time and be a smart traveler. With more people traveling comes heavier traffic. Make sure all the items in your car are secure in case of sudden braking or turning. Don't start a long car drive when you are exhausted. Get a good night's rest before you hit the road. Take stops when you need to -- it is good to give your eyes a break from the road and yourself some time to stretch.
Be Mindful of Distracted Drivers
While you are on the road, it is good to remember you are not the only one traveling this time of year. There will be lots of drivers on the road who are not familiar with the areas they are driving. On top of that, a car full of family members can be distracting. Give yourself and other drivers a little extra space on the road to accommodate distractions and driving in unfamiliar territory.
Secure Your Car and Your Belongings
When everyone is traveling, people leave many of their possessions at home, but many important belongings go with them as well. When you do leave your vehicle, either at a rest stop or once you reach your destination, be sure to take your valuables with you and always lock your car. Out of state plates can elicit unwanted attention, but often times a locked car is enough to deter potential theft.
Keeping these tips in mind and packing a healthy dose of patience will help to ensure you have safe Thanksgiving travel. If you or someone you care about has been injured as the result of a car accident, the team at Dugan & Associates is here for you, and we're ready to look at your case. Contact us for a consultation.