AAA estimates that more than 42.5 million motorists will travel over 50 miles this Thanksgiving. The holiday is one of the few times of year when motorists get in their car to take long distance road trips. Holiday driving can be difficult, stressful, and, in some cases, treacherous. Anyone who plans on hitting the road this week would be well advised to keep in mind these safe travel tips.
The Nevada Department of Transportation reports there were seven fatalities resulting from Thanksgiving weekend car accidents between the year 2007 and 2009. Because so many drivers will be on the road this week, it may be in your best interest to leave early on Wednesday or even Tuesday.
Many motorists travel between 9 a.m. and noon, so it may be in your best interest to leave well before 9 a.m. or in the evening. Just remember to never drive while fatigued or drowsy.
Avoiding Car Accidents & Traffic Jams in Nevada
If you are traveling in Nevada, remember to obey the speed limit. Never change lanes without first checking your blind spots and always wear a seatbelt. Also, remember that there are often drunk drivers on the roadway during the holidays. If a vehicle is swerving or if you see someone driving erratically, pull over and notify the authorities.
Keep a safe distance from the vehicles in front of you and turn off your cell phone. This is particularly important for individuals traveling with multiple passengers. It is important to remember that passengers can be just as distracting as a cell phone. Avoid distracted driving accidents by staying attentive with your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Safety Tips for Driving During the Thanksgiving Holiday
Following these safe driving tips will help ensure an enjoyable Thanksgiving holiday for everyone:
Map out your route before you leave, and make sure to check the weather forecast. It’s also a good idea to let someone know your route and estimated time of arrival at your destination.
Pack An Emergency Kit
Make sure to bring a first-aid kit, blankets and warm clothing, jumper cables, flashlights, flares or reflective triangles, a spare tire, and a tool kit in the event of an emergency.
Allow extra time to reach your destination and be prepared for heavy traffic. Be sure to follow all speed limits and don’t tailgate other drivers. Also, always use your turn signals when changing lanes or making turns.
Don’t Drink And Drive
Make sure that you or a designated driver don’t drink and drive.
Don’t use your cell phone while driving and don’t talk to other passengers if it distracts you from the road. Be sure to take regular breaks during long trips so that you can remain alert and refreshed.
How Shook & Stone Can Help?
The experienced Las Vegas personal injury lawyers at Shook & Stone wish you and yours a happy and safe holiday weekend. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, please contact us at 702-570-0000 to discuss your legal