Each year, about 400 Americans are killed in Thanksgiving weekend crashes. The Kansas City auto accident lawyers at Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys want you to reach your destination safely. Here are some holiday driving tips to help you have a safe and happy Thanksgiving.
- Wear your seat belts. Fifty-five percent of those who die in holiday car crashes are not wearing their seat belts. A seat belt is the best available protection against death and serious injury in a Missouri car crash. Make sure that everyone in your vehicle buckles up.
- Avoid traveling on Thanksgiving Day. More people travel on Thanksgiving than the day before. If your schedule allows, try to reach your destination on the Wednesday before the holiday. If possible, drive during off-hours in order to avoid heavy traffic.
- Schedule any necessary car maintenance before your trip. Before starting on a long drive, check your vehicle's fluids, brakes, and oil. Make sure your car is in good shape to make the long drive, so you aren't left stranded on an unfamiliar road.
- Check your tires. Make sure your tires have adequate tread and that there is even wear with no cracks, bulges, or bumps. Cold weather can cause tire pressure to drop, so check your tire pressure to make sure your tires are properly inflated.
- Check directions in advance. If you don't use a GPS, print out your directions before leaving. Familiarize yourself with the route (especially the exits) so you don't need to check a map while driving.
- Expect delays. Slow traffic is inevitable on holiday weekends. Leave early for the best chance of arriving safely and on time.
- Get plenty of rest before your trip. Plan breaks every few hours to help you avoid falling asleep at the wheel.
- If you drink, don't drive. Thanksgiving is one of the deadliest drunk driving holidays.
- Be prepared for snow. In November, it is important to be prepared for any type of weather. Start by making sure your cell phone is fully charged. Also, always carry an emergency kit that includes a flashlight, blanket, jumper cables, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, bottled water, non-perishable food, tire repair kit, flares and a battery-powered radio.