Stay Safe on Your Thanksgiving Travels!

Stay Safe on Your Thanksgiving Travels!

Posted By Maher Law Firm || 25-Nov-2015

Thanksgiving is here! Today, tens of thousands of individuals and families across the state and country will be packing up the car and heading out to spend the holiday at a destination away from home. With so many people out on the road, there is sure to be an abundance of holiday traffic, and of course with traffic comes more opportunities for accidents to occur. Rear-end accidents are very common, as well as accidents caused by drunk drivers, distracted drivers, sleepy drivers, or drivers who are impatient for their journeys to end after several hours on the road.

This year is expected to be the busiest week for Thanksgiving in nearly a decade. The Florida Department of Transportation has indicated that Florida highways will see 2.2 million Thanksgiving travelers. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday of Thanksgiving week are expected to be the heaviest days for traffic. Expect delays in the mid-afternoons and evenings of these days.

Accidents happen, but there are a few things you can do to help avoid them. Since many accidents occur as a result of car maintenance issues or system failures, it is a good idea to check your vehicle before a car trip to ensure that everything is in good working order. This includes making sure it is full of clean oil, checking the condition and inflation of the tires, and ensuring that there are no issues with the brakes. The night before your trip, get a full night’s sleep so that you are not tired behind the wheel. Punctuate your trip with rest stops to refresh yourself, and resist the urge to drive faster than the posted speed limit. Although you may want to get to your destination as soon as possible, it is not worth the risk to yourself, your passengers, and other drivers to drive unsafely. No one wants to have their holiday ruined by a car accident.

Another helpful tip is to periodically check traffic conditions before and during your trip (of course, never check a phone or GPS device for traffic conditions while driving. Always pull over to a safe location first!) Florida 511 offers free personalized alerts by email, text, or phone. Click here to view traffic conditions online prior to your trip for all Florida regions.

We at the Maher Law Firm wish you safe travels and hope you enjoy a happy Thanksgiving! Plan ahead and stay safe, Florida!

Categories: Car Accidents, Safety Tips
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