Less daylight, busy roads, and other hazards make driving more dangerous during the Thanksgiving holiday period. Fortunately, following some safety tips could help you avoid a car accident on Thanksgiving.
You should prepare your vehicle for travel ahead of time. A vehicle that is in a state of disrepair is not safe to drive at any time of the year.
You should have the brakes, lights, and tires checked and maintained as needed. If you have worn wiper blades, you should put on new ones, and top off the windshield fluid as well.
You should replace bulbs or broken lights if needed. Darkness comes earlier this time of the year, so having efficient lighting is crucial while you are on the road.
Distracted driving is a top cause of accidents and is more likely to happen over the Thanksgiving holiday period. You should keep your cellphone off if possible while you are driving. If you need directions on your phone, you can turn on Do Not Disturb mode.
Additionally, keep the radio at a reasonable volume if you like to listen to music while driving.
Have a Sober Ride
The night before Thanksgiving is the busiest bar night of the year. If you intend to join the many people who will be gathering at a drinking establishment with friends or family to celebrate, make sure that you do not drink and drive.
The holiday break makes it more tempting to enjoy alcoholic beverages. Many Thanksgiving meals will also include wine, beer, or other alcoholic beverages. If you intend to imbibe, you should stay where you are until you find a sober ride home. When that is not an option, using a taxi or ridesharing service is your best option for avoiding a drunk driving accident.
Get Enough Rest
The Thanksgiving holiday can take a toll on your body. You might be among those who start the holiday with a trip to the local bar the night before, or you might be celebrating with loved ones on Thanksgiving, or looking for Black Friday specials. By the time Saturday arrives, you will likely be tired. You might have to work during the holiday period as well. All of these things can lead to exhaustion.
You should make sure that you get plenty of rest prior to starting your holiday activities. While the holiday is underway, you should make sure that you have time to rest and recuperate. Being well-rested helps you stay alert while driving, which can help you avoid an accident.
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