This year, approximately 54 million Americans are expected to be on the road over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. America’s Road Team Captains, professional truckers chosen by the American Truckers Associations to lead a national public outreach program regarding highway safety, caution that there will be a rise in highway traffic this Thanksgiving. Many of these drivers are traveling long distances and navigating unfamiliar areas. To help ensure that everyone arrives at their destinations safely, the captains have provided several recommendations.
- Be aware of your timing. Avoid traveling at peak times, typically the day before and the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Also, be sure to leave early so you are prepared and do not feel rushed when encountering heavy traffic.
- Be prepared. Bring an emergency kit that includes a battery-powered radio, flashlight, blanket suitable for winter, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid supplies, bottled water, non-perishable foods, a map, a tire repair kit, and flares. Be sure to look up directions and fill your tank before heading out on a long trip.
- Do not become distracted. Distracted driving is the cause of thousands of car accidents each year. Put your destination in the GPS before leaving the house and avoid activities, such as texting or eating while driving. Make sure your children and pets are secured and occupied during your trip.
- Do not drive drowsy. Fatigue causes some of the same symptoms as intoxication, such as decreased alertness, reaction time, and coordination. Obtain plenty of sleep the night before your trip so you are alert. Along your journey, take frequent breaks so you do not become drowsy.
- Drive defensively and be cautious. It is imperative to drive defensively and be cautious of your surroundings, especially with so many drivers on the road. Wear your seatbelt as it reduces the risk of fatal injury by 45 percent. Truck drivers will also be on the roads this holiday season, so be sure to share the road with them and be patient.
- Know when to stop. Do not drive if you are not feeling well or if you are upset or preoccupied. Have someone to take turns driving with in case you need a break.
- Perform vehicle maintenance. Be sure to check your car’s fluids, tires, and battery. Replace worn windshield wipers and ensure that the windows are clean and streak-free. Have your radiator and cooling system serviced to keep your engine functioning properly.
- Plan for the weather. Fall weather tends to be wet and foggy. Use extra caution when driving through these weather conditions. Also, be prepared for sudden changes in the weather and potential road closures. If you encounter inclement weather or road conditions, slow down or pull over and wait it out.
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