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0 Comments | Nov 19, 2018

Traveling for Thanksgiving Day

Just Drive No Cell Phone SignLast year, a record number of Americans traveled for the holiday.

Nearly 51 million people in the United States traveled 50 miles or more for Thanksgiving Day. It was the highest volume since 2005. While this year isn’t projected to break 2017’s record, the volume of travelers is still going to be extraordinary.

Considering how headache inducing airports get around the holidays, it’s really no surprise that the vast majority of travelers do so by car. Last year alone, 45.5 million people hit the roads to visit friends and family. With that amount of traffic on the roads, you can expect nightmarish congestion.

As drivers begin traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday, you should keep in mind that law enforcement will also be joining you on the roadways. With the combination of traffic, families in confined spaces over long distances, and navigating family get-together dynamics, you have a recipe for distracted drivers and traffic violations.

No matter where you are traveling, expect to see a greater emphasis on enforcement. Amongst other reasons, each year drivers are handed traffic tickets for violations of following too closely, speeding, and negligent driving.

Below are just a few tips to avoid getting cited over the holiday weekend:

The first thing you can do to make the drive safer for you and other travelers is to put down your cell phone. We understand that during the holidays there are a lot of moving pieces and so family members may call you, but cell phones are a major reason for people getting pulled over and also getting into collisions.

Whether you are distracted or not, police officers will pull you over if you are holding a cell phone in your hand or to you ear. Keep in mind that even if you are sitting in traffic, you can still be pulled over for dialing or texting while behind the wheel. If you have a Bluetooth-enabled device in your vehicle, this is your best option to take a phone call.

Secondly, and this should be obvious, but if you are drinking let someone else do the driving. Thanksgiving is a holiday when law enforcement is going to be most serious about your driving. If you’ve had a few too many, just stay over at a friend or family member’s house. Driving after having a few drinks is not worth the risk.

Lastly, you need to slowdown in residential neighborhoods and obey all traffic signs and signals. If you are unfamiliar with an area, you might not realize how drastically different speeds can be on certain roads. Paying attention to your speed and being aware of your surroundings will allow you to avoid obstructions and other families traveling for the holiday.

No matter where you are traveling this Thanksgiving Day, have a safe and enjoyable time with family and friends.

 

 

Sources:

https://www.travelandleisure.com/holiday-travel/thanksgiving-travel/google-best-thanksgiving-traffic-times

https://aaa.com/2017/11/nearly-51-million-americans-travel-thanksgiving-highest-volume-dozen-years/