As many people are already aware, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for road travel.
Holiday traffic is expected to be very heavy this weekend as people hit the road to spend time with family and friends over the holiday. If you are planning on driving over the Thanksgiving weekend, remember to exercise caution at all times.
Busy roadways present greater opportunities for car accidents. Rear-end accidents are common on packed streets.
Distracted drivers, fatigued drivers who are drowsy after long distances, or impatient drivers stopping at nothing to reach their destinations are other hazards that put themselves and other drivers in danger of an accident. These are just some of the reasons why tens of thousands of people are injured or are killed in preventable car accidents on U.S. roadways each year.
At Fiumara & Milligan Law, we remind holiday drivers to be extra vigilant on the road this weekend.
There are a few things that you can do before and during your journey to make your trip a little safer. These include:
–Make sure your car is in good working condition before driving. This includes checking the condition of your tires and replacing them if necessary, or ensuring that headlights, taillights, and even windshield wipers are in working order. Many accidents occur as a result of neglected or overlooked maintenance so taking a moment to check your car can be a huge step towards ensuring the safety of your family.
–Ensure that you have a full night’s sleep before starting your journey. If your trip is a long one, punctuate the trip with rest and refreshment breaks so that you don’t get drowsy or impatient behind the wheel. That includes plenty of hydration and not the alcohol infused variety.
–Don’t speed! It is not worth compromising the safety of yourself, your passengers, and others to drive unsafely or at speeds that are unsafe for unfamiliar road conditions.
–Check local traffic and weather conditions before you leave and periodically during your trip, if possible. Staying current on traffic conditions can help you avoid the worst traffic areas. Of course, do not check GPS systems or phones for this information while you are driving. Always pull over to a safe location first. There are some traffic applications like WAZE that will alert you to roadway detours, closures and other bottlenecks.
Checking weather conditions is wise especially if traveling through high elevations you find yourself unable to pass because you did not bring snow chains or failed to take other safety precautions. Wind speeds for bridges and tunnels is crucial when driving a large RV or other over-sized vehicle.
The Caltrans Highway Information Network (CHIN) is a great way to stay informed about traffic conditions throughout the state. Information can be accessed by calling (800) 427-7623.
Fiumara & Milligan Law wishes you and your family safe travels this holiday season! WE want you to arrive at your designation safely and in time to enjoy family festivities and good cheer!!