Despite fears over the Corona Virus, 56% of Americans still plan to travel this year to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, with over three quarters of travelers driving to their destinations.
With so many on the road during holidays, there are some increased driving risks so individuals and families should observe the following driving tips to stay safe:
- Take your time getting to your destination. Speeding or driving recklessly is a leading cause of motor vehicle accidents.
- Drivers and passengers should be sure to buckle their seatbelts for the journey – seat belts save lives when accidents occur.
- If you are traveling with kids, the back seat is safest place for children under 13 years old.
- Do not drink and drive following the festivities – always have a designated driver and be alert to other impaired drivers on the road.
- Limit distractions such as cell phone use or snacking while driving – distracted driving is among the top causes of car accidents.
- Do not drive drowsy – pull over and take a break from driving.
- Avoid traveling at dusk or after nightfall when deer crossings are more likely.
- Drive for conditions such as rain, sleet or snow which can reduce visibility and result in slick surfaces.
- Avoid blind spots when traveling alongside truckers who may not be able to see lower profile vehicles.
Contact an Experienced Car Accident Injury Lawyer
Of course, not all accidents can be avoided, and unfortunately, some may be involved in a car accident resulting in injuries. If you or a family member is injured in a car accident, it is important to seek help. Contact the Quad Cities car accident lawyers of McDonald, Woodward & Carlson PC for immediate assistance at 563-355-6478.