Stay Safe on the Roads This Thanksgiving
Posted on behalf of Harbin & Burnett on Nov 20, 2015 in Auto Accidents
Thanksgiving is a time when we take a break from our busy lives to reconnect with family and friends around the dinner table. But its also, tragically, the worst time for car accident fatalities and injuries. The attorneys at Harbin & Burnett would like to remind drivers to take extra precautions this holiday season and avoid dangerous driving situations.
This year, the American Automobile Association is predicting nearly 42 million people will be driving 50 miles or more during Thanksgiving week. With more motorists on the road, there is also a greater chance for auto accidents.
The busiest individual travel day of the year is the day before Thanksgiving. Travelers can avoid the long traffic jams by traveling on Tuesday, Nov. 24 or on the day of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 26. When making the return trip, driving on Sunday instead of Saturday is recommended for less busy roads.
To help drivers reach their destinations safely this year, follow these simple tips:
- Get your car tuned up If youre driving a long distance, get your tires and brakes checked, and get an oil change if necessary. Dont forget to make sure you have a spare tire and that its properly inflated and in good shape.
- Check the weather You might be driving into a snowstorm or other bad weather, which can increase the risk of an accident. Check the weather report the morning before your trip and plan an alternate route if necessary.
- Watch out for drunk drivers The night before Thanksgiving is the worst holiday for traffic fatalities. The large number of binge drinkers on the roads result in a spike of alcohol-related car accidents each year. The most dangerous hours are between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m. If youre drinking, designate a non-drinking driver or call a cab.
- Drive Defensively With so many extra drivers on the road, you will want to slow down and give yourself extra space in case you need to brake suddenly or avoid a collision. Minimize distractions as well, and be mindful of other drivers on the road.
The experienced South Carolina car accident lawyers at Harbin & Burnett hope you and your family have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. If you have been injured in a car crash, you may be entitled to compensation. Contact us today for a free consultation.