Almost 51 million Americans are expected to travel at least 50 miles during the Thanksgiving holiday, with approximately 90% traveling by vehicle. In fact, Thanksgiving is the most traveled holiday of the entire year. If you are planning on traveling by vehicle this Thanksgiving, be sure to use these driving safety tips to make your trip a safe one.
Wear Your Seatbelt
You should always wear your seatbelt, whether you are the driver or the passenger. This is the most effective way to stay safe in a vehicle. Your seatbelt should be fastened before your vehicle is in motion. Not only is it the law, but it also increases your chance of survival in an accident.
Stay Off Your Phone
Some states have already passed laws that make it illegal to be on your phone while driving, including Florida. Not only is it important to ensure you are obeying the law, but it is also critical to keep your attention on the road for your safety and the safety of those around you. If you need your phone for navigation, be sure to set it up before you begin driving.
If you are driving long distances, make sure you do not continue to drive when you are tired. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has estimated that about 21% of fatal accidents are caused by drivers who are drowsy. Protect yourself by staying alert and aware, so you can react quickly if the need arises.
Obey the Speed Limits
The faster your speed, the fewer options you will have to react quickly and safely in the event of an emergency. Speeding is not only dangerous to you, but also to those around you.
Do Not Drink and Drive
DUIs are very common during the Thanksgiving holiday. Even a single drink can impair your ability to drive. Drive sober to keep yourself and others safe on the road.
On the road, you need to make sure that you are ready for anything that can happen. If you or a loved one is in an accident this holiday season, be sure to contact Ginnis & Krathen, P.A. You can download our Free Auto Accident Guide to familiarize yourself with what to do if you are involved in an auto accident. If you have been involved in a car accident, contact our attorneys for a Free Case Evaluation. We will take the time to understand the details of your situation and help you understand whether or not you may have a case.