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Thanksgiving Weekend Driving - Safety Tips

This Thanksgiving weekend, most of us will be spending some time behind the wheel.

Before you drive, take some time to review these five Thanksgiving safety tips for driving.

  1. Give Yourself Extra Time - With many people guaranteed to be on the roads, possible congestion and traffic jams may occur. Allow yourself time for bathroom breaks and time to sit in traffic or wait at tolls. Resist the urge to speed or weave through traffic as this will dramatically increase your chances of being in an accident. Your family and friends value your safety and will understand if you are late.
  2. Focus on the Road - This weekend, more than ever, it is important that you do not multitask while driving. Be aware of other drivers' behavior and for your safety, remain calm and do not retaliate.
  3. Provide Entertainment for Young Children - If children will be riding in your car, make sure to provide them with entertaining activities such as reading materials, hand-held gaming devices (with fully-charged batteries), or ideas for car games. Bored children are more likely to fight or move around the car, taking your attention off the road.
  4. Prepare for Emergencies - If your car breaks down and leaves you stranded on the side of the road, ensure that your cell phone is fully charged. It is also important to have a fully stocked emergency kit in the trunk of your car. If you have a roadside assistance service, keep the company's number in an easily accessible location.
  5. Appoint a Designated Driver - Many family dinners involve alcoholic beverages. If you will be drinking, plan and ensure that each vehicle has a designated driver. If necessary, sleep in a guest room or on the couch until it is safe to drive. And of course, while driving, look for drunk drivers on the road.