Thanksgiving will be here very soon, and many will be traveling over the next few days to get to their holiday destinations. 43 million Americans are expected to travel this week—39 million of them by car. Buying plane tickets for everyone in the family can get expensive, and gas prices have gone down over the last two weeks, which makes car travel all the more appealing.
With so many people sharing the road, how can you do your part to make your trip safe for you, your family, and others? Here are some tips and reminders for driving safe this holiday season:
- Make sure your vehicle is in reliable condition. Your registration and inspection stickers should be up to date.
- Before setting out, get your tires checked for correct pressure and of course, fill up the tank.
- The vehicle’s mirrors and windows should be relatively clean and clear.
- If driving, get enough rest beforehand to stay alert. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 100,000 crashes occur each year due to drowsy driving.
- If possible, rotate drivers to avoid drowsy or careless driving. Make frequent stops.
- Observe the speed limit—going too fast can increase your chances of being in an accident. Give yourself enough time to travel and expect delays so you won’t be tempted to speed.
- Don’t tail other drivers. Find a way to safely pass slower drivers.
- Leave talking and texting on the cell phone to someone else in the car so you can stay focused.
- Buckle up!
Car trips can be a great bonding time for families as they face hours on the road together. Do what you can to make it a smooth, safe trip for yourself and others. From all of us at Barry Law Group, Happy Thanksgiving!
The attorneys at Barry Law Group have years of experience representing victims of car crashes involving negligent drivers. Contact the office today to schedule a consultation and get started on your case today.