How to Travel Safely on the Road This Thanksgiving?

November 14, 2022

Cherry Hill Car Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Help Clients Who Have Been Involved in Thanksgiving Crashes.

Few things are as important as spending time with family and friends over a holiday, but considering how bad the traffic can be, getting there safely is the first priority. Last year, the National Safety Council (NSC) estimated that over 500 people would lose their lives during the Thanksgiving holiday period. This year, it will likely be around the same.

Due to the possibility of more car accidents, it is important to review some driving tips for the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Know the Peak Travel Times

According to the NSC, Thanksgiving weekend starts at 6:00 p.m. the Wednesday before the big day and does not end until 5:59 a.m. the following Monday. The busiest times to be driving are:

  • Wednesday after 9:00 p.m.
  • Thursday before 11:00 a.m.
  • Friday before 11:00 a.m.
  • Saturday before noon.
  • Sunday before noon.

You will also want to check your tire pressure, lights, and fluids; stop at the gas station to fill up earlier in the week to avoid crowds. It is also wise to input the address into your GPS right before you leave and to listen to traffic and weather reports before driving.

Make Sure Everyone Is Buckled

Younger passengers need to be secured in car seats, and everyone else needs to have a seat belt on at all times. Make sure that pets are in crates or secured with seat belt harnesses too.

Avoid Distractions

Unsecured pets and bored children can be distracting, but there are other things competing for attention when you are behind the wheel. Put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode, and avoid playing with the music or GPS. Since there will be more vehicles on the road, you can expect more unexpected traffic conditions, like sudden slowdowns, people speeding, and tailgating, so it is vital to be focused.

Be a Defensive Driver

Drunk, fatigued, and angry drivers cause many unexpected traffic problems over the holiday period, so watch out for them when you are traveling. Driving defensively will keep you and your family safer, so if you encounter a hazardous driving situation, stay calm. Maintain a safe speed, and move away from the unsafe driver if possible. Engaging with an aggressive driver can escalate things and make matters much worse.

Do not tailgate, even if someone is moving too slowly in the left lane. You should be able to pass eventually, whenever it is not risky.

Follow the posted speed limits and traffic signs, and slow down in bad weather and when approaching construction sites. You should check the forecast and your route on the GPS before you start driving.

If you start feeling fatigued, switch driving responsibilities with someone in the vehicle, or pull over at a rest stop.

Additionally, never drink and drive on Thanksgiving or on any other day of the year.

Cherry Hill Car Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Help Clients Who Have Been Involved in Thanksgiving Crashes

Planning ahead and driving defensively will help keep you and your loved ones safe this Thanksgiving, but accidents can still happen. If you have been injured in an accident, speak with one of our Cherry Hill car accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law. Call us at 856-414-0010 or complete our online form to schedule a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Cherry Hill, New Jersey, we serve clients in Southeastern Pennsylvania and South Jersey, including Mt. Holly, Camden County, and Vineland.