Thanksgiving Travel SafetyNovember 21, 2019
If you are traveling this holiday season, it is vital to focus on the road to avoid potential accidents. Almost 550 people were killed in crashes across the United States during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in 2017. The following are safety tips to remember during the holiday season to ensure that you get to your destination safely:
Wear Your Seat Belt
Many lives can be saved if all occupants of vehicles wear their seat belt. Taking into account figures from 2017, nearly 15,000 lives were saved in the U.S. due to seat belt usage, but approximately 2,600 more could have been saved that year alone if all passengers involved in serious accidents were wearing seat belts at the time of the accident. Ensuring that children are buckled up in car seats and booster seats that are appropriate for their age, height, and weight is vital. States have different requirements but going with the strictest state’s regulations will ensure compliance in every state.
If adults are planning on drinking, a designated driver is the safest way to go. Hosts can create mocktails that all guests can enjoy to make the designated driver feel a bit more festive. In 2017, there were nearly 11,000 people killed in vehicle accidents that involved a driver whose blood alcohol content was over the legal limit.
Allow Extra Time for Your Travels
Thanksgiving is one of the busiest holidays for travel in the United States since nearly every person celebrates the holiday. Building in extra time to your schedule before you plan the details of the trip is always a smart way to go.
When traveling with pets, you must build in extra time to break for food and toileting, but pets should also be secured in the car either with a harness or in a crate or carrier. This can help keep pets calm and cut down on the number of stops you make. One of the most important reasons to secure your pet while driving is to ensure that there are no distractions for the driver. Cell phones are not the only way to distract a driver. Children and pets can also be a major distraction in the car. Ensuring that every person and furry friend has what they need for the duration of the ride is an important consideration when conquering a long drive.
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