According to AAA, there will be approximately 42.5 million Americans that will travel at least 50 miles away from their home this Thanksgiving weekend.  With an increased number of people on the roadways this weekend, there is a significantly higher risk of being involved in a car accident.  This Thanksgiving, stay safe on the roadways with the following tips:

  • Drive during non-peak hours.
    • About 90 percent of holiday travelers are expected to be on the road Wednesday and Sunday during the afternoon and evening.  If at all possible, try to avoid traveling during these times.
  • Prepare for automotive emergencies.
    • In case of an emergency, there are a few items that you should keep in your car, including a cell phone charge, flashlights, blankets, motor oil and duct tape.
  • Check the condition of your car before you get on the road.
    • If you feel that your car may not be up for a long trip, you may want to consider renting a car.  Renting a car for the holiday weekend can be a safe alternative to taking an older car on a long drive.
  • Make sure you are well-rested before getting behind the wheel.
    • It’s a well-known fact that fatigue will decrease both your reaction time and awareness.  By getting a full night’s sleep before getting on the road, you will be more alert and aware of potential hazards.

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with our loved ones.  An accident is the last thing that you will want to deal with over the holiday.  We want to wish you all a SAFE and happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Eichholz Law Firm.