With the holiday season around the corner, it’s important to go over tips for a safe holiday travel. 

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 Holiday, 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, non-perishable food and duct tape.
  • Check the condition of your car before you get on the road.
      • Check your car oil level, tire pressure, wiper fluid, tire tread, coolant, and brake fluid. Also make sure you have a spare tire on hand for emergencies.
      • 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.  Being awake for 18 hours causes impairment equal to a blood alcohol concentration of 0.05%. By getting a full night’s sleep before getting on the road, you will be more alert and aware of potential hazards.
  • Always wear your seatbelt.
      • Wearing your seatbelt can save your life. Children under 8 should be in carseats. Make sure the carseat is installed properly.
  • Make sure your pets are prepared
      • Don’t forget your pets! Harnesses buckled into a seat belt for large dogs are essential to keeping them safe. Make sure smaller animals and cats are in a crate so they do not roam around, which can cause distractions.
      • Bark Buckle UP found that at a speed of 35 mph, a 60-pound dog can have an impact equivalent to a 2,700-pound object.
      • Make sure all ID collars have updated information, and animals are microchipped.
  • Beware of trucks.
      • The roads will be filled with trucks and busses, so always make sure to keep an eye on them. Larger vehicles take longer to stop, so be on alert when behind one, or if stopping in front of one.
  • Be aware of frequent weather changes.
    • Weather can change quickly, so always be aware of your surroundings. Drive slower in snow and rain, since cold roadways can become icy and slick quickly.

 

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 Holiday Season from all of us at the Eichholz Law Firm.