There is an increased risk of being in an accident when driving during the holidays. According to the American Automobile Association, 46.3 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the Thanksgiving weekend, the highest volume for the holiday since 2007 and a 4.2 increase over last year. Travelers will also enjoy the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices in five years.
However, holiday road travel can also be hazardous. Here are a few tips, which we hope will help make your Thanksgiving road trip safer:
- Do not drive distracted. Put away your phone and have a passenger help you navigate so that you can keep your focus on the roadway.
- Check the weather. It looks like we may have some cold rain during the week of Thanksgiving this year. Plan ahead. It may be in your best interest to keep warm clothes and gloves in your trunk just in case.
- Leave additional space. If you have a car full of passengers, it will take you longer to slow down because of the weight.
- Always drive sober. If you have been drinking, you should avoid driving. There is often a significant increase in alcohol-related crashes during the holidays.
- Know where you are going. Map your route before you leave. It is not safe to drive while looking at a GPS device, phone or map. Keep your eyes on the roadway.
- Reduce your speed. It’s tempting to drive faster to get to your destination quicker. If anything, you should drive slower than normal because the roadways will be congested, the weather might be unpredictable and your vehicle may be filled with people whose safety you care about.
- Don’t drive while drowsy. If you are going on a road trip this Thanksgiving, give yourself plenty of breaks. If you are starting to feel tired, pull over and have someone else drive.
We wish you and yours safe holiday travels. If you or someone you love is hurt in a Maryland car accident, please do not hesitate to research your rights and options. Support may be available for your injuries, damages and losses.