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How to Stay Safe on the Road During the Thanksgiving Holiday

The Thanksgiving holiday weekend is one of the busiest times for travel. Thanksgiving is also the most deadly holiday for motorists in the United States. It is important to prepare for holiday travel and carry out your plan for a safe trip during the Thanksgiving weekend. The Red Cross and other organizations have offered tips on how to remain safe, which include the following:

Prepare your car. First, you will want to make sure that your car is in shape to drive. Bringing your car to your mechanic for a trip check could uncover problems that may come up while you are driving. If your car does not need to be looked at by a mechanic, you should look at least inspect:

-Your car’s headlights and tail lights to make sure they are clean
-Tire pressure
-Windshield wiper fluid
-Oil levels

Second, you should be sure that your car has a first aid kit with bandages, rubbing alcohol, and gauze. You should also have a car emergency kit with jumper cables, a flashlight, a towel, and rags. Finally, you should stock your car with water bottles and non-perishable food, in case you get stranded along your route.

Prepare yourself. Distracted driving is a major source of car accidents. If you can prepare yourself ahead of time, you’ll be less distracted while driving. Be sure to look at a map to determine your route. Have music or a book on tape already queued up so that you will not need to use your phone during your drive. Talk to your young children about how important it is for the driver to fully pay attention to driving.

Drive safely. When it is time to drive on Thanksgiving, make safety your top priority by following these tips:

-Follow the posted speed limit and observe other traffic rules.
-Be careful in construction zones.
-Make stops to relieve the driver and switch out drivers when possible.
-Do not follow vehicles closely.
-Use your headlights at night and during rain or snow.

Make contingency plans. It is also important to think about what you would do if you got into an accident. For example, if you are in an accident, first make sure you and everyone in your car is safe and not injured. You would then want to call the police and exchange information with the other drivers. It is critical that you not speak to the other drivers about the accident. After the accident, it is helpful to write down your recollection of what happened.

We hope that you have a safe Thanksgiving holiday. However, if you have been hurt in an auto accident, you should have your case reviewed by an Atlanta personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call Boling Rice LLC today or send us an email through our online contact form.

1 http://www.forbes.com/2009/11/20/dangerous-thanksgiving-fatalities-lifestyle-vehicles-drunk-traffic-accidents.html
2 http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Thanksgiving-Safety-Tips

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