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Travel Tips to Consider This Thanksgiving

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Jarod Cassidy2 years ago

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for travel as motorists cross city,county, and state lines to spend the holiday and long weekend with friends and family.

However, the long distances and congested traffic can be trying, both to a driver’s attention and patience. Following a few simple safety tips can help ensure you and your family enjoys a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Ranked Deadliest Holiday to Drive

According to Forbes, data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggests Thanksgiving is the most dangerous day to travel, with traffic fatalities exceeding New Year’s and Christmas.

In fact, 764 traffic fatalities and nearly 50,000 non-fatal accidents recorded on Thanksgiving in 2012.

Perhaps most alarming is the fact that the vast majority of these crashes and deaths were entirely preventable. NHTSA reports that at least 40 percent of passengers killed on Thanksgiving in 2012 were involved in drunk driving accidents, and about 60 percent of the passengers were not wearing safety belts.

With that in mind, motorists should make it a priority to exercise caution and proper safety as they plan and conduct their Thanksgiving travels.

Thanksgiving Travel Tips

The following information was provided by the Red Cross:

  • Buckle up – seatbelts do save lives
  • Do not drive impaired
  • Make frequent stops on long trips – rotate drivers if possible
  • Be well-rested and alert before getting on the road
  • Maintain a proper distance when traveling behind another vehicle
  • Adhere to posted speed limits
  • Use caution in construction zones
  • Avoid distractions such as cell phones
  • Plan for delays – roadways will be congested and allowing for extra travel time can prevent aggravation


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