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The Great Thanksgiving Getaway: Preparing for Long Drives and Ensuring Safety

The week of Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year. People want to share the holiday with friends and family, and it’s easy to find time for travel because of the 4-day weekend. If you are planning long drives to visit your loved ones, then be careful because there will be many people on the road.

Not only can other drivers be unpredictable (especially during holidays), but the weather can cause the roads to be slick during this time of year. It’s essential to be proactive about preparing for these long drives to ensure that you are safe while on the road.

Pre-Travel Prep Before Long Drives

In addition to packing your suitcase and planning side dishes for the big Thanksgiving feast, also take time to consider whether your car is road-worthy and ready for long drives. Here are a few maintenance and preparation tips you might want to keep in mind:

  • Vehicle Inspection: Do a quick check to ensure that your car is in good condition. Check tire tread, tire pressure, fluid levels, brake pads, and anything else that might need to be addressed.
  • Create a Plan: Where are you heading? Are you intending to make any stops along the way? Take time to study the roads and make a plan before you hit the road. Also, consider any alternate routes that might be needed as a backup if traffic is heavy or the roads are blocked for some reason.
  • Sufficient Time: Even though the GPS directions indicate the drive time, don’t forget to plan in extra time for breaks. You can’t drive non-stop without getting too tired, especially on long drives. So, you’ll want to have extra time to stop for meals, bathroom breaks, and stretching your legs. Consider switching drivers if you have other people in the car who can take the wheel when you need a break.
  • Identify Fuel Stops: It’s always necessary to stop for gas on long drives. Consider your car’s gas mileage and pick a few locations in advance where you might stop to fuel up. It’s especially important to plan fuel stops in advance if you will be driving through countryside areas where the gas stations are spread out.

Travel Day Strategies to Ensure Safety on the Road

Once the car is packed up and you are ready to hit the road, be alert and proactive about safe driving and protecting everyone in the car. Consider these driving strategies to ensure that you arrive at your destination safely:

  • Be Careful with Cruise Control: While cruise control can be an effective way to reduce driver fatigue when you are on long drives with big stretches of highway, be careful to avoid using cruise control at the wrong times. For example, if there is a lot of traffic or bad weather, then it’s best to drive manually instead of using cruise control.
  • Buckle Up and Make Adjustments: In addition to wearing your seat belt at all times, also be proactive about adjusting the seat position and mirrors so you are comfortable while driving. Put the seat in the right place so your leg isn’t over-stretching or bending too much when your foot is on the pedal. Small adjustments to the mirrors can be helpful for minimizing blind spots so you have clear vision while driving.
  • Avoid Distractions: Even though listening to music or an audiobook is nice, be proactive about setting up your Bluetooth and choosing the entertainment before you start driving. If you are looking at your phone on the road, then it increases the risk of accidents due to distracted driving. Another option is to have the passenger manage entertainment – they can look at the phone while you are driving.
  • Pack the Snacks: There are always restaurants and gas stations where you can find meals and snacks, but you can save money by planning snacks in advance. Water, finger foods, sandwiches, protein bars, and other travel-friendly meals allow you to stay on the road and keep your body fueled at the same time. Balanced blood sugar levels and good hydration are essential to stay alert and avoid mental fog while driving.

Accidents During a Holiday Weekend

Whenever you are on long drives, there is always a possibility of encountering a problem on the road. The hope is that you will make it to your destination safely, but sometimes accidents happen.

Be proactive about following all traffic laws, including driving the speed limit. As a responsible driver, you can reduce the likelihood of causing an accident where you are at fault. Also, never drive drowsy! If you are feeling tired, then pull over so you can rest for a bit before getting back on the road again.

If you are involved in an accident caused by another driver, then it’s important to seek legal advice so you can claim available compensation for your damaged property and related medical bills. Reach out to our team as soon as possible for information about finding a fair settlement for your car accident case.

Legal Support for Car Accident Victims

Unfortunately, the reality is that a person’s life can change in an instant if they are in an accident. Even though most people complete long drives without any issues, there are times when people don’t make it to their destinations safely.

If you are the victim of a car accident, then getting legal help is essential. You deserve a lawyer who can negotiate your case and be an advocate on your behalf. Even when insurance coverage is available, remember that the insurance providers are often trying to pay out as little as possible. A lawyer can help you get the compensation that you deserve.

One critical factor for receiving compensation is proving that the other driver was at fault in the accident. So, you need to find a personal injury attorney who has experience with other car accident cases.

Call the Experts for Car Accident Cases

Do you need legal assistance with a car accident or personal injury case? Contact us at Wormington & Bollinger to learn more about available services. We are here to help!