Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to travel and see each other for food and celebration. However, Thanksgiving is also one of the deadliest times of year to drive. If you are planning to travel for Thanksgiving, follow these tips to help you along your way.
7 Road Trip Car Safety Tips for Thanksgiving
- Have your car serviced before your trip. Driving long distances can cause wear and tear to your vehicle, so it’s important to have it in its best shape before your road trip. Ensure that the heater and defroster are working properly, the battery is working fine, your tire pressure is measured, and that your wiper blades are fit for any snow or heavy rain you might experience on the way.
- Fuel up. To help avoid any additional delays, fill up your car before you head out on the trip. Many accidents during the holidays are caused by stalled vehicles that run out of gas on the highway.
- Check traffic patterns and routes. The day and night before Thanksgiving will be the worst day for traffic. Map out your route beforehand and leave as early as possible to avoid the bulk of the congestion. Keep some driving apps handy as well, as they can give you an automatic alternate route.
- Safely load your car. If you’re bringing luggage, ensure that you load your car correctly. Make sure all side and back windows are visible. Check the load range for your tires, which can cause a roadside blowout.
- Plan for your children’s needs. Little kids will need activities, movies, games or toys with them during a long road trip to keep them occupied, happy, and less likely to distract you while driving.
- Check the weather. Inclement weather can definitely cause severe traffic and an increase in car accidents, so it is crucial that you check the weather reports before leaving.
- Have an emergency roadside kit. Have jumper cables, road flares, an ice scraper, flashlight, blanket(s), extra clothes, matches, bottled water, snacks, medications and a first aid kit with you in the vehicle.
If you experience a car accident during the Thanksgiving holiday week, you should contact our Atlantic City personal injury attorneys at Targan, Pender & Strickland, P.C. immediately for a free consultation. Our firm has extensive experience in handling complex injury cases, and we know how to effectively represent our clients who have been unjustly injured.