Thanksgiving Travel and Road Safety Tips
The weekend of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times for travel throughout the United States. Whether you are going down the street or across country, you will likely be joined by thousands of other travelers, all eager to get to their destinations. Amid your preparations for this Thanksgiving season, take a minute to read through our safety tips for traveling over the holiday. Injuries due to car accidents tend to spike over Thanksgiving weekend, and whether you are traveling by car, plane, bus, or train, some advance planning can increase your safety as well as make your trip more pleasant.
Thanksgiving Travel Tips
The increase in the amount of people traveling over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend ends up resulting in increased wait time, delays, and general travel snags and inconveniences. You can help ensure your travel plans go smoothly by following these Thanksgiving travel tips from the experts at the Travel Channel:
- Always plan ahead for the best travel deals on flights, hotel rates, and rental cars. If it is too late for that, sign up for email notifications about last minute deals and discounts
- The day before Thanksgiving and the Sunday following the holiday are the busiest days to travel. You can avoid the crowds by traveling on Thanksgiving, and staying until the Monday after
- Travel light. Most airlines charge exorbitant fees for baggage, and carry on space may be limited with the increased numbers of passengers
- Get to the airport, train or bus station early, and print out your boarding pass in advance
- Take advantage of technology that allows you to check in and view the terminal, your seating, and the boarding area via your cell phone
Road Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
For those traveling by car, the same rules apply in terms of packing light and traveling at off-peak times. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), heavy traffic over Thanksgiving weekend results in an increased risk of being involved in serious and potentially deadly car accidents. Make the safety of you and your loved ones a priority by following these Thanksgiving road safety tips from the NHTSA:
- Have your vehicle serviced by a mechanic before your trip
- Make sure everyone buckles their seat belts, and use approved safety seats for young children
- Avoid distractions while driving, such as texting, using a cell phone, or looking at maps or GPS
- Know the route you plan to take, and avoid areas under construction
- Be careful when driving around trucks, and allow them plenty of room for maneuvering
- Follow the rules of the road, and avoid speeding, tailgating and improper passes. Obey all traffic signs and signals
Over the holiday weekend there will be plenty of celebrating. Do not get behind the wheel if you have been drinking, and avoid taking any prescription medicine that could impair your judgment, or your ability to effectively operate a vehicle.
Contact an Attorney if You Have Been Injured
If you or a loved one has been hurt or injured while traveling, contact Anastopoulo Law Firm right away. Our experienced South Carolina personal injury and car accident attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation necessary to get you the compensation you deserve. With offices in Charleston and throughout South Carolina, we can assist you with your case.