According to the American Automobile Association, more people than ever are expected to travel 50-plus miles over the Thanksgiving holiday, and more than 90% of them will be driving to their destinations. If you’re preparing for a holiday road trip, make sure your Indiana Automobile Insurance is in force. Department of Transportation statistics indicates that the period immediately before and after Thanksgiving is the most dangerous for motorists. Will you be traveling this Thanksgiving? Follow these tips. They will help you arrive on time and safely.
If you prefer to beat the crowds, time your trip so you won’t be on the road on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. According to an analysis of one popular navigation app, on that day in 2014, there were nearly 325% more traffic jams, nearly 115% more accidents, and 100% police alerts than normal. The best times to hit the road during the Thanksgiving holiday? Thursday (Thanksgiving Day), Friday, and Saturday (in that order). Whatever days you travel, you’ll run into less traffic if you travel during off-times. Instead of leaving early in the morning, leave at dusk. Just make sure you are well rested and alert in advance of a nighttime drive.
Avoiding peak travel times is the biggest safety tip you can heed. The more traffic you encounter, the higher your risk of getting into an accident. The Red Cross recommends the following additional holiday driving safety trips:
- Make sure every passenger wears his or her seatbelt every moment of your trip.
- Don’t set out when you are drowsy or even marginally impaired.
- Place your cell phone where you can’t reach it to avoid temptation.
- Stop frequently.
- Drive with your headlights on.
- Make sure someone knows the exact travel route you plan to take, and the window of time in which you should arrive at your destination.
- Carry an emergency kit in case you become stranded.
- If you have engine trouble, pull over as far from the road as possible, tie a bright-colored cloth to your antenna and turn on the overhead light in the darkness so emergency responders can see you, stay with your car (never try to walk to safety).
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If you follow these tips, you’ll increase the likelihood that your road trip is safe and enjoyable. Even the most careful driver can get into an accident. Call us at Walker & Associates Insurance, (888) 760-7292, to make sure you have dependable auto insurance.