Thanksgiving is usually one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Not to put a damper on your holiday festivities, but The National Safety Council (NSC) “estimates that 515 people may die on U.S. roads this Thanksgiving holiday period.”
What are You Doing to Ensure This Isn’t You or a Loved One?
If this estimate proves to be true, Thanksgiving 2021 will exceed the most deaths since 2007. In 2020, Ohio Highway Patrol reported 9 traffic deaths over Thanksgiving holiday weekend alone. According to AAA, “roughly 53.4 million people are expected to travel for the Thanksgiving holiday, up 13% from 2020.”
Along with the State Highway Patrol and other safety organizations, we urge you not to drink and drive this Thanksgiving and to be safe on the roads. Driving responsibly during this holiday period is extremely important – your decisions and actions affect more than just you.
Travel Safety Tips
- Make sure you’re well-rested, especially when driving long distances. Fatigued drivers model the driving behavior of an impaired driver.
- Don’t drive distracted. The text message you’re thinking about sending can wait.
- Avoid the far-left lane on multiple-lane highways
- Follow other motorists at a safe distance
- Obey all speed limits and use your turn signals
- Wear your seatbelt
- Don’t drink and drive
- If you’re planning to drink, have a designated driver arranged ahead of time
- Keep an emergency kit with you
- Leave early and plan for traffic
- Have your GPS or destination directions prepared ahead of time
- Watch weather conditions
- Perform routine maintenance prior to departure
- Limit your night driving
- Make sure your headlights, blinkers, and brake lights work
- Don’t try to run yellow lights
We want you to enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones – it starts with being safe on the roads! Safe travels and Happy Thanksgiving!