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Thanksgiving Travel Safety Tips

Philadelphia car accident lawyers advocate for Thanksgiving travel tips.Every year at Thanksgiving, millions of motorists hit the road to spend the holiday with loved ones. Whether traveling to the next town or across the country, drivers should always adhere to basic rules to ensure a safe arrival at your destination.

Prep your vehicle: Get your vehicle a check-up before your trip. Have tires checked, fluid levels topped off, and general maintenance issues addressed. Also, fill your gas tank.

Pack for emergencies: Your car should always be stocked with emergency essentials, such as a first-aid kit, flashlight, and blanket. Some emergency kits contain basic tools and tire-changing equipment, as well as safety items, such as road flairs or markers. It is smart to pack snacks and drinks too, especially if you are traveling with children or pets.

Plan your route: Even if you are using a GPS, it makes sense to familiarize yourself with your route before setting out on the drive. As you make your way along, remaining mindful of the upcoming exits and road changes will allow you to avoid switching lanes at the last-minute or otherwise making sudden reactions that can be unexpected for other drivers sharing the road.

Leave early: Set out on your trip with enough time to avoid feeling rushed. Leaving enough time can provide you with the option to avoid driving at night, to find time for breaks, and to get off the roads if weather or road conditions are hazardous.

Buckle up: Wearing your seat belt is the number one way to protect yourself in the event of a crash. Insist that your passengers do the same, especially ensuring that children are seated in the backseat using car seats, boosters, or properly fitted seat belts. If you are traveling with pets, they should be confined to a pet enclosure or be restrained by a pet seat belt.

Drive cautiously: Obey speed limits, do not tailgate, and use your turn signals. Mind postings and traffic patterns. Remain focused on the road, and not on distractions such as cell phones or other devices. Consider road conditions and be aware of other drivers and their blind spots, especially for trucks.

Unfortunately, some drivers are unbothered by safe-driving recommendations. Driving daily can dull one’s perception of how important it is to make safety a top priority while driving. If you were injured or lost a family member in a car crash, you have experienced first-hand the need for drivers to take their obligation to drive safe seriously. An experienced car accident lawyer can advise you of your rights and help you with your claim.

Philadelphia Car Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Represent Car Accident Victims

If you suffered due to another driver’s negligence, speak to a Philadelphia car accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC today. We can help you determine if you are eligible to collect damages for your injuries. Contact us online or call us at 215-569-8488 to schedule a free consultation. With offices in Philadelphia, Abington, and Media, Pennsylvania; Wilmington, Delaware; and Haddonfield, New Jersey, we represent clients throughout the surrounding areas.