Thanksgiving week is one of the busiest travel periods of the year. Last year, approximately 51 million people traveled by plane, car, and bus. While most of us have already made our traveling arrangements this week, it’s always a best practice to be prepared for any and all traveling hazards that may come up.
Safety Tips If You’re Driving During Thanksgiving Week
- Stay Focused On The Road
Often times, while traveling long distances, it might be tempting to take out your phone and start messaging, read articles, or start watching a movie or show. Distracted driving on long open roads is just as dangerous while driving in heavy traffic. Stay safe and avoid any distractions while driving.
- When Possible, Travel During The Day
Traveling at night may seem like a good idea as there are potentially fewer cars on the road, however, there are greater risks involved than most would realize. Traveling at night, clearly, your visibility is drastically limited to a smaller radius without natural light and it has been proven that your eyesight may be significantly worse at night, especially travelers who are over 40. Also, night travelers have a greater risk of sharing the road with another driver who’s impaired by alcohol or lack of sleep.
- Get Plenty of Rest; Pull Over If You’re Tired
Did you know that it is actually just as dangerous, if not more so than driving drunk? Studies conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety are responsible for 1 in 6 fatal car accidents. It’s understandable that traveling may induce stress the night before with packing and planning, but make sure you get plenty of rest before hitting the road. DO NOT SUBSTITUTE SLEEP FOR COFFEE OR CAFFEINE! Your brain cannot function normally without sleep and no amount of coffee will change that. If you feel tired and no one else can take over to drive, pull over at a gas station to rest or pull over on the shoulder and turn on your emergency lights.
Safety Tips If You’re Flying During Thanksgiving Week
- Watch For Stray Bags At The Airport
All travelers, especially those traveling with older passengers, need to be aware of any stray bags that you or your family may accidentally trip over. Although if you ARE injured at an airport by tripping on someone else’s bag, there is a good chance that you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
- Don’t Pack More Than You Should
Unless you’re traveling with assistance, it’s not recommended to travel with inordinately heavy luggage. When traveling to an airport, you must consider that you will likely be carrying your luggage around with you between leaving your home, into a car, taxi, Uber-Lyft, getting into an airport shuttle, etc. All of these activities have the potential to cause you to injure yourself, especially if you’re carrying such a heavy load. Think twice about what you’re packing and try to travel light.
- Always Be Pack A First Aid Kit
In the event that you are in an accident while at the airport, it’s always a good idea to be prepared with a kit of bandages, gauze, and any other pain medications that you may be permitted to take on board. You never know when they may come in handy so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
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