Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get together with family and share plenty of good food. Injury-causing accidents are unfortunately common this time of year, from motor vehicle crashes to cooking-related mishaps.
1. Pack and take an emergency kit. Preparation is key prior to hitting the road. The following are suggested items to have in your vehicle in care of an emergency:
flares or a red flag
first aid kit.
Also, put a quart or two of oil and some coolant in your trunk. If you’ll be traveling to a colder part of the country make sure to pack blankets, gloves and coats.
2. Prepare your car. Have your car checked by your mechanic before starting on your trip. Make sure the following are in good shape:
3. Time your trip. Many cars are hitting the road on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterward. If you can, time your departure and return outside of these days so the roads will be less congested.
4. Stay alert and sober. Driving while you’re drowsy, impaired or distracted increases the chance that you’ll be in an accident. Try to share driving duties with another adult on the trip so you’ll both stay alert. And avoid distractions by putting a passenger in charge of checking the phone, GPS or other tasks.
5. Buckle up. It is the law in Arizona for you to wear your seat belt when you’re behind the wheel and to ensure that other passengers do so too. Also, make sure that any children are in the proper car seat for their age, height and weight.
6. Watch weather reports. Check weather reports before you leave so you can avoid hazardous conditions if possible. Along the way, ask a passenger to monitor a weather app so you’ll be aware any issues that pop up along the way.