It’s always important for motorists to maintain safety-first mindsets as they embark on holiday journeys all over the country. The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, especially on highways. Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley wants to make sure that we do everything we can to offer tips for travelers as we’re visiting loved ones over the long weekend. Unpredictable weather conditions and distracted drivers increases travel risks, so plan ahead and expect delays.
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), the busiest travel days are the day before, and the Sunday following Thanksgiving. What’s more, over 3 million Texans alone will be traveling by car this Thanksgiving season. TxDOT and American Red Cross have individually been giving excellent safety tips for motorists on the roadways that we’d like to share with you:
- Make sure your car is in good condition for a road trip.
- Ensure your vehicle is properly maintained. Check your wipers and fluids. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced. Simple maintenance can prevent many of the problems that strand motorists on the side of the road.
- Pack an emergency preparedness kit and supplies in the trunk.
- Contents should include a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable foods, maps, tire-repair kit and flares.
- Share travel plans with a family member or friend.
- Check the weather along your route and plan for travel around any storms that may be coming.
- Ice, hail, and snow make roads difficult to travel. Try to avoid driving through extreme weather conditions, and travel during daylight.
- One way Texas drivers can stay proactive on the roadways is by using DriveTexas to check real-time road conditions, traffic, and weather feeds. You can also download the Red Cross Emergency App for updates on similar information.
- Be well rested and alert.
- Buckle up, slow down, and don’t drive impaired.
- With the extra highway congestion due to holiday travel, speeding becomes even more dangerous. Allow plenty of space cushion and reduce your speed.
- Safety belts reduce the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent and are a simple way to increase your safety on the road.
- Follow the rules of the road and use caution in work zones.
- Leave extra room between you and the vehicle in front so you can avoid snow and ice blowing onto your windshield or maneuver around patches of ice.
- When sharing the road with large trucks, be aware of their blind spots. If you can’t see the truck driver in his or her mirrors, then the truck driver can’t see you.
- Give your full attention to the road. Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
- Distracted driving is a major cause of traffic accidents. Even just two seconds of distraction time doubles the chances of an accident. Use your cell phone when stopped and never text while driving.
- Make frequent stops. During long trips, rotate drivers. If you’re too tired to drive, stop and get some rest.
- Leave early so you won’t be anxious about arriving late and to accommodate delays. Road conditions may change due to inclement weather or traffic congestion.
- If you have car trouble, pull off the road as far as possible.
Public Transportation and the Flu
As the world is attempting to make its way back to the normalities of traveling and coming together again for the holidays, health and safety have become a concern more than ever. If you or your loved ones are carpooling, or using public modes of transportation, make sure you practice these tips to keep you and your family healthy!
- Everything you touch is likely touched by someone else – luggage handlers, etc – which is how germs are spread.
- Handle your own belongings. Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Carry hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial wipes with you. You can use them to wash your hands or wipe down surfaces such as armrests.
- Bring your own pillows and blankets – they can act as a shield against the seat itself. MAKE SURE you wash or sanitize them when you arrive at your destination.
- Avoid touching your face or eyes. If you have to cough or sneeze, do so into a tissue or your sleeve.
Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley Wishes You and Your Loved Ones a Happy Thanksgiving!
While we know your Thanksgiving weekend is going to be filled with lots of fun, food, and football – Angel Reyes – Reyes Browne Reilley wants to make sure we extend ourselves so you know that we are here for you! If you or someone you know was hurt to no fault of their own in a car wreck during their travels, they need a lawyer! To obtain the maximum amount of compensation, get started immediately. Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, so call us to begin with a free consultation with a car accident attorney now. Call us to talk to someone immediately.