The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the most highly traveled times of the year for Americans. The American Automobile Association (AAA) predicts that more than 45 million people will make a trip of 50 miles or more over the holiday weekend, which is designated as the Wednesday before and the Sunday after the holiday. Road trips are likely going to be the most popular form of travel for families throughout the country. So, with all this additional traffic on American roadways, how can drivers ensure that they avoid a car accident?
AAA provides rescue assistance to motorists with disabled vehicles. The majority of their service calls are for lockouts, flat tires, and dead batteries. Having a reputable auto body shop check the condition of your vehicle’s tires and battery before your travel plans can prevent the most common reasons for roadside assistance.
Before departing ask your mechanic to check all fluids and make sure wipers are in good, working order. Servicing your vehicle close to home before you begin your journey is much easier than doing so on the roadway in an unfamiliar city. Performing simple preventative maintenance on your car can prevent inconvenient and expensive breakdowns.
Do your research before even starting the car and plan your route before departing. Become familiar with the names and numbers of the highways you will be traveling. Allow plenty of time for your trip, considering that holiday traffic may slow you down a bit. Know your exit numbers. Sudden lane changes are a common cause of car accidents. Using a GPS system eliminates the dangerous distraction caused by looking at a map. Moreover, make sure you are well-rested before getting behind the wheel to avoid driving drowsy and never drive impaired.
In the event of a car accident, make sure that you have an emergency kit in your car. Your kit should contain: blankets, water, a flashlight, jumper cables, a first-aid kit, non-perishable snacks, a fire extinguisher, a tire repair kit, and flares. Finally, stay in contact with friends and family. Let loved ones know about your trip and the route you plan to travel. With a bit of preparation, patience, and care, your road trip will go smoothly. DiTomaso Law extends our best wishes to all for a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday.
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If you are suffering from personal injuries because of a car accident in New Jersey, you may be entitled to compensation. Dealing with the loss of income while you recover and face mounting medical bills can be very stressful. Our car accident lawyers in Cherry Hill at DiTomaso Law will fight for the compensation you deserve. Complete our online form to schedule a consultation, or call our offices at 856-414-0010. We serve clients throughout South Jersey and Philadelphia.