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Nov 15, 2019

Thanksgiving Weekend: Staying Safe on the Road



Thanksgiving is all about good food, gratitude and getting together with family; whether your relatives live near or far. According to AAA, it’s not uncommon for more than 50 million people to hit the road during the Thanksgiving weekend. If you’re planning to be on the road for the holiday, it’s important to prepare ahead of time for this popular travel time.
Here are our top tips for making your road trip safe and enjoyable this Thanksgiving:

Pack carefully

If you’re travelling with small children, then you’re probably transporting larger objects such as portable cribs and toys. Check the load capacity of your vehicle before packing up for the weekend to ensure that you aren’t overloading your car. It’s also important to make sure all cargo is well-secured. That way, should there be an accident, no one is injured by unsecured objects. It’s also important to make sure all car seats are properly installed for the journey ahead.

Bring your car safety kit

It’s good practice to keep a car safety kit in your vehicle at all times so that you’re prepared for whatever your travels may bring your way. Don’t have one? Click here to read more about building your kit.

Don’t drive after drinking

Thanksgiving means enjoying a hearty meal and chances are, a drink or two. Before settling in at your Thanksgiving feast, designate a driver (DD) for your trip home. Identifying a DD ahead of time will put everyone’s mind at ease and make it easier to enjoy your visit.

Winterize your vehicle

Depending on where you live, even late November can start to look like winter, bringing hazardous environmental conditions such as snow and sleet. Consider winterizing your vehicle early to prep for holiday travels. Change out your summer tires for snow tires, re-fill your washer fluid and pack a snow brush and blankets. For more tips on winterizing your car, click here.

Practice defensive driving

It’s always important to be aware of other drivers, but this is especially true during heavy traffic.  Stay alert, put all mobile devices away, and designate a passenger with directional duty so that you can devote your full attention to the road.

Buckle up, every time

After eating more than your fair share of turkey and stuffing, the last thing you want to do is restrict yourself with a seat belt. Nonetheless, it’s critical that all passengers buckle up every single time they are in a vehicle. This will keep everyone safe during sudden braking or in the case of an accident.

Share your travel plans

Let your relatives know your departure time, the route you are taking and your approximate arrival time. Keeping hosts in-the-know is not only polite but will also assist them in sending help to you, should something happen along the way.

Rest up

The holiday season can be a hectic and tiring time of year. Make sure you rest up before taking a road trip, as drowsy driving can be just as hazardous as drunk driving. To read more on avoiding the dangers of driver’s fatigue, click here.


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