This Thursday, families across the United States and throughout Tennessee will gather together to break bread and give thanks. This year, roughly 44 million Americans are expected to travel 50 or more miles by car to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. If you're one of them, it's important to be prepared and to follow traffic laws and drive safely.
Before You Go
Before setting out on your Thanksgiving road trip, it's important to ensure that both you and your vehicle are primed and prepared.
- Get Plenty Of Rest - Get to bed early the night before you plan embark on your holiday road trip. Drowsy drivers are less attentive and more prone to make driving errors. If you're feeling tired while behind the wheel, pull over and switch drivers or take a break or rest until you feel more alert.
- Get a Tune up - No one wants to spend Thanksgiving stranded on the side of the highway. Before you leave home, make sure that your car is running well, that your fluids are topped off and that your tires are properly inflated.
- Be Prepared - Some motor vehicle mishaps cannot be avoided. If you find yourself stranded due to car trouble or inclement weather, it's important to be prepared. Make sure that your cellphone is charged, and pack an emergency kit that includes food, water, a flashlight and first-aid kit.
On The Road
- Be Patient - Everyone on the road is in a hurry to get to their Thanksgiving destinations; however, the most important thing is to get there safely. Drive within the speed limit and don't drive faster than traffic and road conditions safely allow.
- Pay Attention - From kids squabbling in the backseat to texts chiming on your cellphone, drivers have a lot of things competing for their attention. It's important, however, to keep your eyes and focus on the road. After all, you never know when the driver in front of you may slam on the brakes or a deer may cross your path.
- Don't Drink And Drive - The holidays are about tradition and celebration and adults who decide to drink alcoholic beverages shouldn't drive home. If your Thanksgiving plans involve a drink or two, make sure that you also plan for a sober and safe ride home.
Every year, tens of thousands of Tennessee residents are injured in traffic accidents caused by speeding, distracted and drunk drivers. If you or a loved one suffers injuries in a car accident in which the other driver was engaging in illegal or negligent behavior, it's important to discuss your case with an attorney.