For many Californians, this Thanksgiving will be the first time in over a year that they have traveled to visit family and friends. After everything we have been through this last year, staying safe on the roads should be a top priority. Before you head out for the holidays, it is important to follow a few Thanksgiving driving tips to stay safe.
The Facts About Travelling During Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving holiday travel is always a bit dangerous. However, this year maybe even worse. AAA estimates that more than 53.4 million Americans will venture more than 50 miles from their homes this holiday season. This will be the most drivers on the road for a Thanksgiving holiday since 2005.
Besides traffic congestion, many areas of the country will experience inclement weather, such as snow, ice and rain. High winds and freezing temperatures can make the roads even more dangerous, especially when there are extra drivers out. This can lead to an increase in accidents as well as breakdowns, lockouts and other catastrophes.
AAA expects to respond to nearly 400,000 motorists over the Thanksgiving weekend from dead batteries, flat tires and other serious roadside issues. This is in addition to the thousands of drivers and passengers who will suffer serious injuries and even lose their lives in car accidents.
Thanksgiving Driving Tips
To prevent serious car issues and accidents from ruining your holidays this year, consider following these Thanksgiving driving tips.
- Perform winter and road maintenance on car. This includes checking tires for wear, properly inflating tires, checking oil and other fluids and cleaning off headlights.
- Leave early for your destination. You can avoid much of the traffic by leaving early in the morning. In fact, studies show that mornings are the safest time to travel during the holidays.
- Put the phone away. Avoid any and all distractions while driving. Put your phone away or let a passenger navigate for you.
- Wear seatbelts. Everyone in your vehicle will stay safer if they are wearing seat belts. This includes pets! If you are traveling with a furry friend, make sure they are properly secured so they are not injured or a distraction while driving.
- Slow down. Speeding is one of the major causes of serious accidents and injuries. Take your time when driving and account for delays. Leave a bit early so you are not tempted to drive over the posted speed limit.
Contact Our California Car Accident Lawyer
If you suffer an injury in a car accident this Thanksgiving, you need a law firm on your side that cares about your future. At Dolen, Tucker, Tierney & Abraham, our experienced personal injury attorneys can help you after you suffer an injury. We know the complexities of filing these types of injury claims, and we work quickly to get our injury clients the money they deserve. Give us a call at (909) 473-4948 and schedule a free consultation today.