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7 Tips For Staying Safe In Thanksgiving Traffic

Thanksgiving is an absolutely wonderful time of year. It ushers in the winter and often involves spending time with those we love most. Many of us join our loved ones by driving home for the holidays. According to AAA Travel, this year's Thanksgiving holiday traffic volume is expected to reach nearly 46.3 million people, the most since 2007. The fact that gas prices are at the lowest they have been in years is definitely a significant factor.

Unfortunately, Thanksgiving also is one of the most dangerous days of the year to be driving an automobile. The National Safety Counsel estimates that there will be more than 40,000 car accidents this Thanksgiving. Our firm has put together 7 tips for staying safe when you get on the road during Thanksgiving:

  1. Be mindful of winter weather alerts. Before going anywhere, look at a weather report to make sure the roads look clear. Along the same lines...
  2. Look at traffic reports before leaving. By avoiding trouble spots at bad times, you can avoid lengthy delays.
  3. Buckle up! It's one of the most important things you can do when you're in a car. Buckling up can help ensure that you get where you're going safely. According to the CDC, adult seatbelt use is the most effective way to reduce injuries and save lives in the event of an accident.
  4. Don't drink and drive! Again, it should seem obvious but amidst all of the celebration many people party a little too hard and forget just how harmful drinking and driving really is. With police out in full force it is not only dangerous to drink and drive, but it's also highly likely that you will be caught.
  5. Be courteous on the roads. Driving during the holidays can be absolutely maddening. That said, remember that other drivers out there also are in just as much of a hurry as you are. They too have families that they are in as just as much of a hurry to get home to. A little courtesy can go a long way when it comes to keeping the roads safe.
  6. Leave enough time for your trip. Last minute planning can lead to hurried and thoughtless driving. With everything else going on during Thanksgiving, life is a lot easier with a little bit of planning.
  7. Avoid distracted driving. As we have mentioned before, distracted driving increases the odds of an accidents significantly. Things like texting, putting data into a GPS, and talking on the phone, are very dangerous on their own. With the uptick in traffic that Thanksgiving typically provides, it is downright negligent.

This holiday season remember what's important when you get on the road. A little bit of mindfulness can go a long way when it comes to the prevention of accidents. At the Thomas Law Firm, we know firsthand the difficulties of accidents during the holidays. If you or a loved one has had the misfortune of being involved in an accident this holiday season, make sure that you contact the Atlanta personal injury attorneys who understand the importance of this meaningful time of year.

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