It’s that time of the year again, where millions are on the roads and in the sky traveling for Thanksgiving. With rising prices of air travel, more travelers may opt to drive over fly, increasing the amount of traffic on roads. The holidays are meant to be joyous and fun, not tragic or stressful, so follow these travel safety tips to ensure you arrive safely at your Thanksgiving destination.
- Avoid driving at peak times. According to The Travel’s 2022 Thanksgiving Travel Predictions, most people travel on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday after. To avoid holiday traffic, try to travel on that Tuesday and Saturday instead. If you can only travel on Wednesday and Sunday, try driving early in the morning or later in the afternoon or evening, to avoid peak driving times in mid-afternoon.
- Plan alternate routes to avoid traffic. Traveling on roads with less traffic could reduce the chance of a crash, and reduce stress.
- Don’t drive distracted. Distracted driving is one of the most common causes of crashes.
- Stop for pedestrians in marked crosswalks and at intersections. Also stop and look for pedestrians and bicyclists before turning.
- Slow down and obey the posted speed limit. The faster you’re driving, the more deadly a crash can be.
- Consider using public transit. If possible, use the bus or the train to reduce the number of cars and traffic on the road. If you’re visiting family or friends who live in the same town as you, consider biking, walking, or carpooling.
- Drive sober. Driving impaired can lead to a tragic and fatal crash.