Thanksgiving Travel Safety Guide

This is Part One in a four-part blog series where we will discuss car crash prevention tips to help you and your family travel safely.

The AAA Safety Foundation estimates that approximately 42.5 million Americans will travel this Thanksgiving, reflecting a 4 percent increase from last year. The group also estimates that 90 percent of all Thanksgiving travelers will choose an automobile for their mode of transportation. This means there will be a significant increase in the number of cars on New Jersey’s roadways. Families taking to the roadway this Thanksgiving would be well advised to follow a number of safety tips to decrease their chances of being involved in a New Jersey car accident.

Before even getting into your car for a long trip, check the air pressure in your tires and to make sure they are not aged, worn, or bald. There are several questions you could put on a checklist to ensure that your vehicle is ready for the road. When was the last oil change done? Are the windshield wipers, taillights, turn signals, and headlights properly working? Are any of your passengers planning on packing something that will obstruct your view? Are your brakes in proper working condition? Do you have an emergency supply of food, water, and blankets in your vehicle in case you get stranded? These seemingly minor details can make all the difference.

When driving this holiday weekend, remember that there is an increased chance of drunk driving accidents on the roadway. You should keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of you and if you see a vehicle swerving or see someone driving erratically, you should pull over and notify the police. If you have consumed alcohol during a gathering or party, do not drive. Take a cab or designate a sober driver to take you home.

The car accident injury lawyers in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein wish you and your family a safe and happy Thanksgiving. If you or a loved one has been injured in a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, please call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.

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