Things to Consider Before Your Thanksgiving Holiday Trip

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Things to Consider Before Your Thanksgiving Holiday Trip

Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and with the excitement of the holidays it can make drivers even more distracted than normal. AAA forecast that this year 42.5 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more from home. Whether your trip is short or long, there are few things to do to ensure your safety and the safety of your family.

Always wear your seat belt. It is the single most effective way to save your life and the lives of your loved ones. In 2011, 250 people were killed during the Thanksgiving holiday because of a car accident, and out of those deaths, 50 percent were not wearing seat belts.

Don’t drive distracted. Whether its alcohol, your phone, or the overall craziness of a car packed to the rim, don’t drive distracted. It not only puts your life in danger, but it also puts those around you in danger.

Check your vehicle. Before you leave, make sure your vehicle is in proper order. Take it to get an oil change and check your tires for air pressure and tread. By ensuring that your vehicle is in proper order you can help prevent breakdowns or accidents from occurring.

Don’t drive tired. Between the mounds of turkey and dressing, the late night black Friday shopping, and long trek back home, it can be easy to drive when you are sleepy, but it is best to not take that chance. Get some extra rest and be sure to change drivers if needed. Taking breaks along the way will help the driver to stay alert and awake as well.

Have patience. With all those travelers on the road, there is sure to be plenty of traffic to get your blood boiling. Be patient and drive safe. Make sure to drive the speed limit regardless of time constraints.

The Cooper Firm wishes you a wonderful Thanksgiving week. Enjoy your trips and family and remember to always practice safety.

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