9 Tips for Safe Driving on Thanksgiving Holiday

Posted on: November 19th, 2014 by The Rodzik Law Group

Every year, millions of Americans hit the highways in order to get to their Thanksgiving destinations. And, with so many drivers on the roads, it can be expected that the number of accidents would be higher than usual. But, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Thanksgiving holiday is one of the deadliest three-day spans for drivers. In 2010, 431 people died on the roads nationwide, more than on Christmas, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

It is always important to practice safe driving techniques, but it becomes even more important with more and more drivers on the road. Here are some safe driving tips from our auto accident attorney in Shallotte NC that you can use this Thanksgiving to help ensure you and your family arrives safely at your destination.

#1 – Maintenance Your Vehicle

Prior to getting on the road, you should have your car’s oil and other fluids changed. You should also check your tires, brakes, horn, signals, and headlights.

#2 – Plan Your Route

Plan your route before leaving so you have a guide to refer to in case you get lost. Using a GPS system can be especially useful. If you don’t have a GPS system, then go online and route the trip using your favorite maps program. Create a backup route using different roadways just in case traffic gets backed up on your primary route.

#3 – Pack Wisely

Make sure you don’t over-pack your vehicle to the point that its backend is dragging. Any luggage and bags should be packed so they will not be a hazard should you have to stop short. Most importantly, you should still be able to see out of your vehicle’s back window.

#4 – Prep Your Kids

If you’re driving 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving, then you should consider the needs of your children and bring along snacks, games, water, videos, and music to keep them happy and occupied. This will help make the trip less stressful and more comfortable for all, especially the driver.

#5 – Leave Early

Many accidents on Thanksgiving happen due to drivers hurrying to get to their destinations. In order to reduce this risk, leave extra early. This will give you more time to get there so you won’t feel rushed and you’ll have a time buffer in the event traffic is bad.

#6 – Buckle Up

Everybody needs to be buckled in with their seatbelt before moving the car an inch. If you have young children 13 years old or younger, then they need to be in age-appropriate car seats.

#7 – Let the Passenger Handle the Cell Phone

Driving and using a cell phone is a bad idea any time of year, but it becomes very dangerous at the holidays. Therefore, if the cell phone rings, let the passenger take the call or if it is a must-answer call, then pull over to the side of the road before using the phone.

#8 – Prepare for Bad Weather

Late November can be an unpredictable time for weather and at night, it can easily reach freezing in some places. Therefore, check the weather before you leave and be prepared for anything that may arise. Keep your vehicle clean of ice and snow and pack some blankets, an ice scraper, a small bag of sand, a flashlight, and anything else you might need should you hit a patch of icy weather.

#9 – Drive Defensively

Research shows that the most dangerous time for drunk drivers on Thanksgiving is between the hours of 11pm and 4am, but in truth, drunk drivers can be on the road at any time. Therefore, always drive defensively and stay focused. Avoid distractions and just drive safely.

Call Our Auto Accident Attorney in Shallotte NC Today

Hopefully everyone will get to their holiday destinations and back again without incident this year, but in reality, there will be accidents on the roads. If you are one of the unfortunate victims of an accident, then contact The Rodzik Law Group’s auto accident attorney in Shallotte NC immediately. You may be eligible for compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and other damages. For more information or to schedule a free initial consultation with one of The Rodzik Law Group’s experienced attorneys, please call us at 910-762-1199.

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