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Staying safe while traveling over Thanksgiving

On Behalf of | Nov 19, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

If you are like many Florida residents, you will probably be traveling by car for Thanksgiving. Although motor vehicle accidents are more likely to occur during holidays than other times of the year, there are things you can do to stay safe during your travels.

Plan your trip ahead of time

Planning your trip ahead of time can help you be better prepared. You should have a main route and at least two alternate routes planned out on your GPS in the event of too much traffic or motor vehicle accidents. You may also want to leave for your destination before peak hours to beat the rush of traffic.

Prepare your vehicle for the trip

Your vehicle should be well-equipped to handle a long trip over Thanksgiving. You might want to bring your car in for servicing beforehand. There should be plenty of fuel and windshield wiper fluid. The radiator and air conditioning systems should be in optimal condition and you will need good tires with plenty of traction, especially if you’re traveling long distances.

Take periodic breaks

Motor vehicle accidents in Florida are more likely to happen if you travel long distances without taking breaks. For every two or three hours you drive, you should pull over and take a break. Stretch your legs, get something to eat and drink some water. If you’re feeling tired, you might want to grab a coffee to refresh yourself.

Avoid distractions

Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents. During your trip, you should avoid getting distracted while driving. Only use your phone in a hands-free manner and keep your focus on the road at all times. Staying alert can keep you and your passengers safer.

Be patient

Finally, be patient during your road trip. Even if you leave a bit early, it’s natural to experience higher traffic during the Thanksgiving holiday. Pace yourself to avoid getting angry as it can lead to aggressive driving and cause an accident.

Doing these things can help you prevent a serious car crash. Use good judgment when traveling for Thanksgiving and stay safe out on the road.

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