Safety is important all year round but during the holidays there is even more reason to be aware and take extra measures to stay safe on the road.
During the Thanksgiving holiday the high volume of travelers amplifies the importance of taking safe driving measures to ensure everyone can make it to the dinner table. According to some projections more than 51 million Americans will travel more than 50 miles this Thanksgiving weekend, making this year the highest travel volume in over a dozen years.
In addition to the traffic and congestion issues, Thanksgiving offers other unique challenges for motorists. Winter driving presents unique problems for motorists, including high wind and blowing snow, which contribute to reduced visibility in many regions throughout North America. Similarly, freezing temperatures can have a profound impact on vehicles and the roadways.
Every driver on the road this Thanksgiving weekend should be safety conscious and that goes more for all the professional drivers that will be sharing the road. All those sharing the road should keep these tips in mind.
- Make sure to buckle up. Wearing a seat belt may end up saving your life
- Clear all your windows and roof of snow so that you will have the best visibility. Snow falling off your vehicle can also create a hazard for traffic behind you
- Everyone should know to just slow down. Speeding is extra dangerous in winter conditions.
- Driving impaired makes the roads less safe for everyone, be safe for yourself and everyone else on the road and don’t drive impaired.
- Make sure your vehicle is ready for long distance travel. Before you head out to your aunts, uncles and cousins, check your wipers and fluids and have your radiator and cooling system serviced.
These are just some basic safety tips everyone should follow when traveling on the road this Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving should be a time of joy for everyone, being safe on the road can help keep it that way for everyone.