ASK GARY: How Do I stay Safe on the Road during Thanksgiving Weekend?
Like many of you, I am looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. It’s a time for tradition, family, and food. It is also one of the most travelled times of the year, too, and almost 90% of people travelling do so by car. Unfortunately, Thanksgiving weekend is also the most dangerous driving holiday of the year. Here are some tips to get you to your family and back home as safely as possible.
- Most drivers hit the road Wednesday afternoon and evening, after work. People typically begin to return home Sunday afternoon as well. Expect roads to be extremely crowded, and plan accordingly.
- Driving while tired can be as dangerous as driving while intoxicated –your judgment and reaction time will both be compromised. If you’re planning on driving right after work, consider taking a nap, or letting someone else drive. Also, try to minimize any distractions, as gridlock traffic offers far more opportunities to make a mistake.
- Know your route ahead of time and look out for alternatives, either to avoid heavy traffic, or in the event an accident closes down a road.
- Weather can be erratic and dangerous in these winter seasons. Be sure your headlights are in good working condition before taking to the road.
- If you’re traveling with children, find a way to keep them entertained. DVDs and books are invaluable in allowing you to keep your focus on the road. Snacks and blankets might be useful as well.
- Make sure to bring your roadside emergency kit.
- Don’t forget safety inside the car -check to see that all your passengers have their seatbelts on, and assign a navigator to avoid having to fumble around for directions while driving.