Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and this is bad news if you are planning to drive to visit your family this holiday season. “Why?” you are asking. Well, because, statistically speaking, operating a vehicle on Thanksgiving is not exactly the safest thing you can do.
Regardless of whether you are planning to spend the holiday weekend with your family or are planning to set off on a long car trip, our Pembroke Pines car accident attorney from Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., warns that hitting the road during the upcoming holiday weekend is extremely dangerous.
As you may or may not know, Thanksgiving is the biggest road-traffic holiday of the year in the U.S. What it means is that you should expect not only some really bad traffic jams on your way to your family for the holiday weekend, but also a much greater risk of getting hurt in a car accident. That does not sound good, does it?
“Well, getting involved in a car crash on Thanksgiving is like playing Russian roulette – there is not much you can to prevent a car accident,” you are probably thinking. Not necessarily. In fact, our experienced car accident attorney in Pembroke Pines has outlined some of the key safety tips to make sure that you and your loved ones go through this holiday season in one piece.
Check your car
More often than not, for car owners, Thanksgiving means lots of driving. And when we say “lots,” we mean traveling hundreds of miles to see your family. In order to make that trip happen, your car must be properly maintained and inspected by a skilled mechanic before you hit the road. When it comes to vehicle maintenance to be Thanksgiving road trip-ready, everything matters, including but not limited to checking your tires and brakes, changing oil, monitoring the level of power steering fluid, as well as checking the alignment, coolant, and antifreeze.
Get plenty of rest
If you are about to hit the road for a long road trip this holiday season, be sure to get a good night’s sleep if you will be the one who’s operating the vehicle. What many of you probably do not know is that one of the leading causes of car crashes over the holiday season is fatigue and lack of sleep. So yeah, sleep at least eight hours before the planned road trip.
Drive in shifts
Speaking of fatigue… One of the best ways to prevent fatigue from causing a car accident (besides getting plenty of rest) is driving in shifts. It is never advised to drive for longer than eight hours in a row, because everyone needs to recharge their batteries and refocus their attention from being focused on the road all the time. So if you are driving with fellow passengers who have a driver’s license, consider driving in shifts to reduce the likelihood of an accident.
For many Americans, Thanksgiving is all about booze and partying. But alcohol and driving do not go well together. Drunk driving is the leading cause of car crashes over the Thanksgiving holiday. That means two things: (1) you should definitely avoid drinking alcohol during the road trip, and (2) even if you stay sober while operating the vehicle, there is still a high likelihood of encountering another intoxicated driver.
That’s it. Just by following these four safety tips, you can significantly lower your risk of getting into a car accident during the holiday season. If you have been involved in a car crash over the Thanksgiving holiday, contact our Pembroke Pines car accident attorney from Law Offices of Bradley S. Hartman, P.A., to determine liability, file a personal injury claim, and recover maximum compensation. Call our offices at 954-438-1000 to get a free consultation.